The Poetry Project

Raymond Antrobus

Raymond is featured seated in the center of the photograph, forearms resting on his knees. He is wearing jeans, a medium-blue t shirt, and a nectarine cardigan. The camera is angling down on him slightly. He's looking up.
© Georgie Dallas

Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and a Jamaican father. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and the author, most recently, of The Perseverance (Penned in the Margins (UK) / Tin House (US), 2018), and All the Names Given (Picador / Tin House, 2021) as well as a children’s picture book, Can Bears Ski? (Walker Books 2021 / Candlewick Press, 2020). He is the 2019 recipient of the Ted Hughes Award as well as the Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, and he became the first poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize. The Perseverance was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize. All The Names Given was shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot award. He divides his time between London and New Orleans, and is an advocate for several D/deaf charities including Deaf Kidz International and National Deaf Children’s Society.