Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father, and is the author of To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press) and The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins) which won The Folio Prize and Ted Hughes Prize in 2019, was awarded the UK Poetry Book Society’s ‘Winter Choice’ in 2018 and was named a poetry book of the year by The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
He’s also the author of children’s picture book, Can Bears Ski?, published by Walker Books and illustrated by Polly Dunbar, published in September 2020.
His poetry has previously been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poets.org, The Deaf Poets Society, News Statesman, The Guardian among others.
He is a founding member of 'Chill Pill' and 'Keats House Poets Forum' and the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton Poetry. He is also one of the world's first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word Education from Goldsmiths University. In 2018 he was awarded 'The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize' (judged by Ocean Vuong).
"His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted" – Kwame Dawes