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Kei Miller Shortlisted for Derek Walcott Prize

Friday, 15 May 2020

Cover image of In Nearby Bushes by Kei Miller Congratulations to Kei Miller, whose most recent collection, In Nearby Bushes, is included on the inaugural Derek Walcott Prize shortlist!

The prize will be awarded annually to the author of a full-length book of poems published in 2019 by a living poet who is not a US citizen. The prize includes a US$1,000 cash award, along with a reading at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the publication of a limited-edition broadside by Arrowsmith Press, and a week-long residency at Derek Walcott’s home in either St Lucia or Port of Spain

British poet Glyn Maxwell will choose the winner and the announcement will be made in July. The prize is being awarded jointly by Arrowsmith Press, together with the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Derek Walcott Festival in Port of Spain.

 Huge congratulations to Kei from all of us at Carcanet, and good luck! You can read the full shortlist in the Trinidad and Tobego Newsday here.


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Telegraph Book of the Year 2019, In Nearby Bushes is the highly anticipated new collection from Forward Prize-winner, Kei Miller, and explores his strangest landscape yet – the placeless place. Here is a world in which it is both possible to hide and to heal, a landscape as much marked by magic as it is by murder.

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978 and has written several books across a range of genres. His 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection while his 2017 Novel, Augustown, won the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Prix Les Afriques, and the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde. He is also an award-winning essayist. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature and in 2018 he was awarded the Anthony Sabga medal for Arts & Letters. Kei has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. He has taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Royal Holloway and Exeter. He is the 2019 Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor to the University of Iowa and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.






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