Lamont Poet Simon Armitage

simon_armitage_credit_paul_wolfgang_websterOn Monday February 2nd, the Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library will conclude its 2014–2015 Lamont Poetry Series with a reading by award-winning British poet and writer Simon Armitage.

Armitage is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Paper Aeroplane Poems, 1989-2014 (2014), Seeing Stars (2010), Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (2006), The Shout (2005), which was short-listed for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Kid (1992), which won the Forward Prize, and his first collection, Zoom! (1989), a Poetry Society Book Choice.

His awards for poetry include the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes, a Lannan Award and the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize. In 1999 Armitage was named the UK’s Millennium Poet and published the one-thousand line poem Killing Time. In 2012, at the 25th Hay Festival, he was presented with the Hay Medal for Poetry.

Armitage also writes for radio, television and film, and is the author of four stage plays, including Mister Heracles and Jerusalem.  His prose work includes two novels, Little Green Man (2001) and The White Stuff (2004), a best-selling memoir All Points North (1998), which was the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year, and Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-Star Fantasist. Armitage’s 2012 non-fiction book Walking Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Portico Prize.

Armitage has served as a judge for the Forward Prize, the T.S Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Prize, the Griffin Prize, and in 2006 was a judge for the Man Booker Prize. He has taught at University of Leeds, the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, and the Manchester Metropolitan University and currently serves as Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield, England.

The reading will begin at 7:30pm and will be held in the Assembly Hall, located on the second floor of the Academy Building on Front Street. The event is free and open to the public.

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