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Michael Hulse

Hailed by Gwyneth Lewis as “a formidable poet”, Michael Hulse has been praised by Robert Gray, C. K. Stead, Sean O’Brien, Simon Armitage, the late Peter Porter, and many others. His audience for his solo appearance at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2012 numbered 700, and his latest collection of poems, Half-Life (Arc, 2013), was chosen as a Book of the Year (“brilliant”) by John Kinsella. His poetry has won him numerous awards, and reading tours have taken him to Canada, the US and Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, and several European countries.

He has edited literary quarterlies, best-selling poetry anthologies, and literature classics and poetry series, and has translated more than sixty books from the German, among them works by Goethe, Rilke, and Nobel Prize winners Elfriede Jelinek and Herta Müller. His translations of W. G. Sebald brought him plaudits from Susan Sontag , A. S. Byatt, and many more, and were shortlisted for every translation prize – The Rings of Saturn won the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Michael lived for twenty-five years in Germany, working in universities, publishing and documentary television, before returning to England in 2002 to teach poetry and comparative literature at the University of Warwick. He has been a judge of literary awards worldwide, from the Günter Grass Foundation’s  Albatross Prize to the All India Poetry Competition, and shared a Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2011 as co-founder with Donald Singer of the international Hippocrates initiative for poetry and medicine.

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, May 7

9:00am EDT