Luke Kennard

Luke Kennard, Canal Laureate
Luke Kennard, credit: Billie Charity-Prescott

Luke Kennard is The Poetry Society and Canal & River Trust’s Canal Laureate for 2016. He is the author of four collections of poetry and a novella called Holophin (Penned in the Margins, 2012). His first book, The Solex Brothers, won him an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2005. His second, The Harbour Beyond the Movie made him the youngest poet to be shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007. He has also published two chapbooks, Planet Shaped Horse (Nine Arches, 2011) and The Necropolis Boat (Holdfire Press, 2012) which won the Poetry Book Society’s pamphlet choice in 2012. A Lost Expression was published by Salt in 2012 to critical acclaim and his fifth collection, Cain was published in June 2016 by Penned in the Margins. His literary criticism has appeared in the TLS, Poetry London and The National.

Luke Kennard lives in Birmingham. He was born in Kingston-upon-Thames and grew up in Luton. He has a PhD in English from the University of Exeter and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. In 2014 he was named one of the Next Generation Poets by the Poetry Book Society in their once per-decade list of poets “expected to dominate the poetry landscape of the coming decade”.