Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He’s a Cave Canem Fellow and the author of The Perseverance (UK, Penned in the Margins/US, Tin House) and All The Names Given (US, Tin House/UK, Picador) as well as children’s picture book Can Bears Ski? (UK, Walker Books/US, Candlewick). 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. His first full-length collection, The Perseverance, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and The Forward Prize. He divides his time between London and New Orleans.