Kei is doing something you don’t come across often: this is a beautifully voiced collection which struck us all with its boldness and wit. Many poets refer to multiple realities, different ways of observing the world. Kei doesn’t just refer, he articulates them.
— Jeremy Paxman, Chair of the Forward Prize in 2014

Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and a broadcaster.  His 2014 collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion won the Forward Prize for Best Collection. In April 2017 he won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for his novel Augustown.  In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. 

His poetry has also been shortlisted for awards such as the Jonathan Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year. His fiction has won the Una Marson Prize and has been shortlisted for the Phyllis Wheatley Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. 

Formerly an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, a Visiting Writer at York University in Canada, a Reader at the University of Glasgow (until 2014), and a lecturer at Royal Holloway, he is currently a Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.

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Kei Miller from the Next Generation Poets 2014 reads from his collection 'A Light Song of Light'. For more information, poetry and videos visit

2016 - 2017 Event Highlights


5 Oct  How We Feel Now at Hull Central Library, Humber Fest

17 September Brooklyn Book Festival

31 Aug - 3 Sep Copenhagen International Poetry Festival 2017

27 Aug Edinburgh Book Festival (with Neel Mukherjee)

25 Aug Shambala

1 July  Brontë Parsonage Museum

30 June  R.A.P Party at Africa Writes Festival, British Library

3 - 14 June  US Book Tour of Augustown

27 - 30 April Bocas Litfest, Trinidad


28 October Oslo Poetry Festival

8 October Brixton Library

2 October Ilkley Literature Festival

1 October Small Wonder