Malika Booker

Malika Booker

About Malika Booker

Malika Booker is a British poet, writer and multi-disciplinary artist, who is considered a pioneer of the present spoken word movement in the UK. Her writing spans different genres of storytelling, including poetry, theatre, monologue, installation and education, and her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (1998), The India International Journal (2005), Ten New Poets (2010), Out of Bounds, Black & Asian Poets (2012), and New Daughters of Africa (2019). Her first collection of poetry, Pepper Seed, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize for best first full collection published in the UK and Ireland. Her writing collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen has had a major impact on the British Poetic landscape. Her poem ‘Nine Nights’ was shortlisted on the Forward Prize for best Single Poem in 2017. She was Chair of Judges for the Forward Prize in 2016 and was inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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