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Michael Hulse

Born in 1955, Michael Hulse grew up in England, the son of an English father from the Potteries and a German mother from near Trier in the Mosel valley. After studying at St. Andrews he lived for twenty-five years in Germany, working in universities, publishing and documentary television, before returning to England in 2002 to teach at the University of Warwick. His poetry has won him firsts in the UK's National Poetry Competition and the Bridport Poetry Prize (twice), and Eric Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards from the Society of Authors, and has taken him on reading tours of Canada and the US, Australia, New Zealand, India, and several European countries. His work has been praised by Peter Porter, C. K Stead, Sean O'Brien, Simon Armitage and many others. He has edited the literary quarterlies Stand, Leviathan Quarterly and (currently) The Warwick Review, and co-edited the best-selling Bloodaxe anthology The New Poetry. He has translated more than sixty books from the German, among them works by Goethe, Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, and the late W. G. Sebald, bringing his plaudits from Susan Sontag and A.S. Byatt. He is a permanent judge of the Günter Grass Foundation's biennial international literary award, the Albatross Prize. Michael Hulse's latest publications (both 2009) are The Secret History (Arc) and a translation of Rilke's novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Penguin Classics). Michael Hulse is married, with one daughter, and lives in Stafford.
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