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Kei Miller Named Rex Nettleford Rhodes Fellow 2013

Dr Kei Miller 2013 Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies

In his latest body of poetry, Dr Kei Miller is charting a course through the intangible. The upcoming collection titled The Cartographer Tries to Map the Way to Zion seems to itself mark Miller’s own course through the cultural realm as he attains yet another height having been named the 2013 Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies.

A poet and novelist, Miller was selected from a field of three candidates for the prestigious fellowship. The Rex Nettlerford Fellowship in Cultural Studies was established in 2004 to mark the centenary of Rhodes scholarships in the Caribbean and named in honour of the late Honourable Rex Nettleford for his contributions to the higher education and Caribbean culture.

The Musgrave Silver Medalist, currently lectures at the University of Glasgow. However, Miller was recently etching his academic and creative skills on the Caribbean cultural landscape during his tenure as Writer in Residence at the University of the West Indies, Mona when he also delivered the 2013 Philip Sherlock Lecture ‘If I Could Write This on Zinc I Would Write This on Zinc’.  

Dr. Sonjah Stanley Niaah, a member of the 2013 selecting committee was the first recipient of the fellowship. The additional members of the committee were Prof Mervyn Morris, Prof Evelyn O’Callaghan and Peter Goldson all themselves Jamaica Rhodes Scholars.

Miller’s prolific pen has thus far produced an impressive body of creative work. He is the author of the novels The Same Earth and The Last Warner Woman as well as the collections of poetry Kingdom of Empty Bellies, There is an Anger That Moves and Light Song in a Book of Light. He has also edited the collection New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology.

He is also working on a collection of essays dubbed Writing Down the Vision as well as two novels The Rather Raunchy Obituary of Everton Campbell and August Town.

The Nettleford fellowship is valued at £10,00 as well as a travel grant and is open to Caribbean residents under 35 years old, working in cultural studies (including the creative arts). The next fellowship will be awarded in 2015.