Described by Gwyneth Lewis as "a formidable poet", Michael Hulse is a key figure in contemporary poetry. His audience for his solo appearance at Adelaide Writers' Week 2012 numbered 700, and his new collection of poems, Half-Life, was chosen as a Book of the Year by John Kinsella. His poetry has won him first prize in the UK's National Poetry Competition and Eric Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards from the Society of Authors, and he is the only poet to have won the Bridport Poetry Competition twice. Reading tours have taken him to Canada, the US and Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, and several European countries, and his work has been praised by Robert Gray, C. K. Stead, Sean O'Brien, Simon Armitage, the late Peter Porter, and many others.
He has edited the literary quarterlies Stand, Leviathan Quarterly and (currently) The Warwick Review; co-edited the Bloodaxe anthology The New Poetry and The 20th Century in Poetry, the best-selling anthology of twentieth-century poetry of the English-speaking world co-edited with Simon Rae (Ebury Press, 2011; Pegasus Press, 2012), described by The Guardian as "magnificent"; and in the Nineties was general editor of the Könemann literature classics series and of Arc international poets. He has translated more than sixty books from the German, among them works by Goethe, Rilke, Jakob Wassermann, Alfred Andersch, and Nobel Prize winners Elfriede Jelinek and Herta Müller. His translations of The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn and Vertigo by 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 Hulse is a permanent judge of the Günter Grass Foundation's biennial international literary award, the Albatross Prize, and co-founder of the international Hippocrates initiative for poetry and medicine, for which he shared a Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2011. With Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee and US novelist Susanna Moore, he is a consultant to Adelaide Writers' Week. He teaches at Warwick University.
Here is a twenty-minute interview between Radio New Zealand and Michael while he was reading there in 2012
ABC TV (Australia) broadcast a recording of Michael's session at Adelaide Writers' Week in March.
Michael Hulse is married, with one daughter, and lives in Stafford.