Keith Jarrett is a writer, performer and educator. Much of his poetry and fiction explores Black British and Caribbean history, religion and sexuality.
His work includes bilingual performances in Bilbao and Madrid, as well UK-wide commissions, from arts institutions to St. Paul’s Cathedral. His short stories, poems and essays have appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Attitude, English: Shared Futures, Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry, Magma, Wasafiri, and many others. His play, Safest Spot in Town, was performed at the Old Vic and on BBC Four in 2017 as part of the Queers series. His book of poetry, Selah, was published with Burning Eye in the same year.
Keith is a UK Poetry Slam Champion; he also won the International Slam Championship at FLUPP favela literary festival in Rio de Janeiro, representing the UK. Last year, he was selected for the International Literary Showcase by Val McDermid as one of 10 most outstanding LGBT writers in the UK.
Keith was one of six initial Spoken Word Educator trainees teaching at a secondary school in East London while researching Creative Writing in Education at Goldsmiths College; the project was the first of its kind in Europe. Having recently completed his PhD at Birkbeck University, he is finishing his first novel.
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