Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett is a former UK poetry slam champion and Rio International Poetry Slam Winner 2014. In 2010, he simultaneously held the title of London and UK Poetry Slam Champion. His five-star reviewed show Identity Mix-Up debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. In 2014, he completed the pioneering Spoken Word Educators programme, teaching in a secondary school while studying for an MA at Goldsmiths University. He was a Fiction Fellow at Lambda Writers’ Retreat in Los Angeles, 2015 and stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Attitude and Tell Tales IV.

Keith's influences range from Caribbean trickster figures to Latin American surrealist authors. His poetry pamphlet, I Speak Home, was published last year. His first full poetry collection, Selah, will be published this Spring with Burning Eye.


“lyrically rich poems, charged with emotion, passion and lots of humour” - Sabotage

“clever, insightful, humorous and humbling... an excellent poet and one to watch” Three Weeks

“astute... witty... charming” – BroadwayBaby

“articulate, erudite and well-informed... his beat reminiscent of Linton Kwesi Johnson and the dub poets of the eighties, of rap artists emergent since the nineties, and – of the most celebrated poets of the twentieth century.” – BroadwayBaby

“Keith Jarrett’s poems combine a rhetorical purposefulness with a smart and adventurous imagination” – Jack Underwood, on I Speak Home

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