Malika Booker<br><h6>Festival Poet</h6>
Malika Booker
Festival Poet
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  Malika Booker is a British writer, poet and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. Breadfruit (flipped eye, 2007) was recommended by The Poetry Society.  Her poetry collection Pepper Seed  (Peepal Tree Press, 2013) was longlisted for the OCM Bocas 2014 prize. Pepper Seed was also shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize for first full collection 2014. Her 2017 publication is The Penguin Modern Poet Series 3: Your Family: Your Body, where she is published with the poets Sharon Olds and Warsan Shire. Malika has been the recipient of residencies from Millay Colony, Cove Park, The India International Centre and Kocevje through The Centre for Slovenian Literature. She is a Fellow of both The Complete Works and Cave Canem and was inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Malika has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University and is currently the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at University of Leeds.

Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and journals including: Poetry (2017), Poetry Review (2016), The African Caribbean Folio (RaedleafPoetry India, 2015), Bayou Magazine (Issue 60, 2013) Ten New Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010), The India International Journal 2005, The Penguin Anthology of Black British Writing (Penguin, 2000), and Bittersweet Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (The Woman’s Press, 1998). She has represented British writing internationally, both independently and with The British Council in: Sri Lanka, Berlin, New York, Slovenia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Russia, and Azerbaijan. Malika is also the founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, a writer’s collective for beginning and emerging poets.

 

Photo credit: Siro Micheroli

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