About Simon ArmitageSimon Armitage is a contemporary english poet novelist and translator. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including The Unaccompanied (2017), Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989–2014 (2014), Seeing Stars (2010), Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (2006) and The Shout: Selected Poems (2005). His poems particularly bring to life the experiences of adolescence and his work has featured widely in the school curriculum. The lively energy of his poetry is signaled by the titles of his collections like Zoom! and Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid. In 2015, he was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry and in 2017 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. In 2019 he was nominated UK Poet Laureate.
He has also received numerous awards for his poetry, including a Lannan Award. His book The Dead Sea Poems was short-listed for the Whitbread, the Forward Poetry Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize.
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