IWP Alum Kei Miller will read from his Jamaican novel, Augustown. “(With) Augustown, Jamaican-born, London-based award winner Miller arrives on these shores with trumpet flourishes. Miller uses simple but evocative diction to unfold the tightly focused story of one woman and her community, the poor and dismal Augustown. The novel opens with blind Ma Taffy sensing trouble when great-nephew Kaia arrives home teary-eyed from school and winds back to the origins of the Rastafari. Read on.”—Library Journal
Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. He has published two novels, several collections of poetry and a book of short stories published by Macmillan Caribbean, The Fear of Stones, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. In 2014, he won the prestigious Forward Prize for Poetry for his collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion. He teaches Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.