Helen Mort


Helen Mort (m. 2004) is a British poet who was born in Sheffield in 1985. She graduated from Christ's with a Double First in Social and Political Sciences in 2007. In 2014, she completed her Doctorate at Sheffield University with a Ph.D thesis in English and Neuroscience.

She is a five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007, and won the Manchester Poetry Prize Young Writer Prize in 2008. In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet-in-residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. In the same year she was shortlisted for the Picador Prize and won the Norwich Café Writers' Poetry Competition with a poem called Deer. She was the Derbyshire Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, she won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for Division Street.

Her collection Division Street is published by Chatto & Windus and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards and the T S Eliot Prize. In a national survey, it was chosen by sixth-form groups and reading groups as their first choice collection. She has published two pamphlets with Tall Lighthouse press. In 2014 she was named as a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society. Helen Mort is currently the Douglas Caster Creative Writing Fellow in the School of English at the University of Leeds. She has appeared on radio programmes such as The Verb, Poetry Please, and Woman's Hour. Individual poems have been published in The New Statesman, Ex-Industrial (a trailer), and The Sunday Times, as well as the magazines Poetry Review, Granta, The Rialto, Poetry London and The Manhattan Review.

 

 
 

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