Helen Mort

Helen Mort is a writer born in Sheffield in 1985. 

Mort has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse, the shape of every box (2007) and a pint for the ghost (2009), and Lie of the Land (2011) for the Wordsworth Trust (where, in 2010, she was appointed the youngest ever poet in residence). Her first full-length collection, Division Street, which was published by Chatto & Windus in 2013, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize, and won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

Mort has received the Foyle Young Poet of the Year award five times (and now acts as one of its judges). In 2007, she received the Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and the following year, she won the Manchester Young Poet Prize.

Mort was crowned as Derbyshire’s fifth poet laureate in 2013, serving a two-year term. In 2014, she was named as one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation poets, a list that appears only every ten years. She is currently the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in the School of English at the University of Leeds. Her second collection of poetry, No Map Could Show Them, was published in 2016.

 

Anthologies featuring Helen Mort

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