Virtual Event: Kei Miller

presenting

Things I Have Withheld

in conversation with JULIETTA SINGH

Date

Sep
22
Wednesday
September 22, 2021
7:00 PM ET

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes award-winning poet, novelist, and short story writer KEI MILLER for a discussion of his debut essay collection, Things I Have Withheld. He will be joined in conversation by acclaimed writer and scholar JULIETTA SINGH, author of The Breaks: An Essay.

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About Things I Have Withheld

In this moving and lyrical collection of essays, the award-winning poet and novelist Kei Miller explores the silence in which so many important things are kept. He examines the experience of discrimination through this silence and what it means to breach it: to risk words, to risk truths. And he considers the histories our bodies inherit—the crimes that haunt them, and how meaning can shift as we move throughout the world, variously assuming privilege or victimhood.

Through letters to James Baldwin, encounters with Liam Neeson, Soca, Carnival, family secrets, love affairs, white women’s tears, questions of aesthetics and more, Miller powerfully and imaginatively recounts everyday acts of racism and prejudice.

With both the epigrammatic concision and conversational cadence of his poetry and novels, Things I Have Withheld is a great artistic achievement: a work of beauty which challenges us to interrogate what seems unsayable and why—our actions, defence mechanisms, imaginations and interactions—and those of the world around us.

Praise for Things I Have Withheld

"Entrancing . . . Miller vividly depicts the ways colonialism, racism, homophobia, and privilege have shaped his life . . . Sharp as blades, [his] words cut to the core." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Miller's storytelling is impeccable, and his verse is arresting and beautiful. Things I Have Withheld is a remarkable contribution to literature." —De'Shawn Winslow, author of In West Mills

"[His work] seduces and shocks you even as it wrestles with the very nature of storytelling itself." —Marlon James

Julietta Singh
Julietta Singh

Julietta Singh

Julietta Singh is the acclaimed author of three books: No Archive Will Restore You (Punctum Books, 2018), Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (Duke UP, 2018), and her latest work of epistolary nonfiction, The Breaks (Coffee House Press and Daunt Books Originals, 2021). She is Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Richmond, where she teaches courses on decolonial literature, the ecological humanities, and queer studies. Her academic work has been published in South Atlantic Quarterly, Women & Performance, Social Text, Cultural Critique, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality, among others. She is the recipient of a 2019-2020 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship, which she held at Columbia University’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality.

Kei Miller
Kei Miller

Kei Miller

Kei Miller is a Jamaican poet, essayist, and novelist, shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and winner of the prestigious Forward poetry prize for his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion. His story collection Fear of Stones was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and his most recent novel, Augustown was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award, and won the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Prix Les Afriques, and the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature and in 2018 he was awarded the Anthony Sabga medal for Arts & Letters. He has taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Royal Holloway and Exeter and, in 2019, he was the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor to the University of Iowa. This July, he will be in the US to join the University of Miami as a Professor of English

 

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