Jamaican poet Kei Miller has won the prestigious Forward prize for the best poetry collection of 2014.
His book ‘The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way To Zion’ took the £10,000 prize. The book based on dialogue between a mapmaker striving to impose order on an unfamiliar land and a “Rasta-man” who queries his project.
In the eight years since his first collection was published, Miller has produced two novels, a short story collection, three more poetry collections and a book of essays and prophecies.
The Forward Prizes, now in their 23rd year, are the premier accolades in the UK and Ireland for established and emerging poets.
Miller, 35, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and financed his studies at Manchester Metropolitan University by winning poetry slams, currently teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway college, University of London.