The ninth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the commanding poet Kei Miller.
Winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection, Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. He was educated at the University of the West Indies and Manchester Metropolitan University. His winning collection “The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion” explores science, imagination, and clashing perspectives through the lens of an exchange between a teeth-kissing cartographer and a sceptical Rastaman with a PhD.
Shortlisted for both last year’s Costa Book Awards and the Dylan Thomas prize, Kei has published two previous collections: “There Is an Anger That Moves” (2007), and “A Light Song of Light” (2010, shortlisted for the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and selected for the 2014 PBS Next Generation Poets). He also edited Carcanet’s “New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology” (2007), and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. He is also an accomplished writer of fiction.
“Raise high the roofbeams, here comes a strong new presence in poetry… Kei Miller’s voice speaks and sings with rare confidence and authority” – Lorna Goodison
Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation