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Kei Miller Launches 2014 Prize-Winning Books in Jamaica
Jamaican audiences are set to feast on a double serving of Kei Miller’s writing with the launch of his two latest collections Writing Down the Vision: Essays and Prophecies and The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion on Sunday December 21, 2014 at 11:00 am. Both collections were published in 2014 and have helped to further heap accolades on Miller, who is already well-bedecked with literary awards and fellowships. Miller is currently one of Jamaica's most celebrated writers, and the local launches on both titles have been highly anticipated.
Earlier this year, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet Press) earned the Forward Prize for Best Collection making Miller the first black writer to cop Britain’s most prestigious poetry prize. Writing Down the Vision (Peepal Tree Press), Miller’s first collection of essays earned he Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (non-fiction).
Miller was named one of the Poetry Book Society New Generation Poets (2014) and has been the recipient of the Rhodes Trust, Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies (2013) and the International Writer’s Fellowship (University of Iowa, 2007), and the Una Marson Prize for Literature (2006).
In 2009, Miller became one of the youngest winners of the Institute of Jamaica’s Silver Musgrave Medals for his contributions to Literature and he was appointed Writer-In-Residence at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in 2013. The launch marks his return to the university.
The event will take place at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies, Mona and is being staged by the Centre in collaboration with the Department of Literatures in English.