Alan Jenkins (poet)

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Alan Jenkins
Kingston upon Thames, England
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
Notable awardsEric Gregory Award,
Forward Poetry Prize,
Cholmondeley Award

Alan Jenkins (born 1955) is an English poet.


Jenkins was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, brought up on the outskirts of London in Richmond, and educated at the University of Sussex. He has worked for The Times Literary Supplement since 1980, first as poetry and fiction editor, and then as deputy editor. He was also a poetry critic for The Observer, and the Sunday Independent from 1985 to 1990. He edited Essential Reading: Selected Poems of Peter Reading, 1986, and Collected Poems of Ian Hamilton, 2009.[1]

He has taught creative writing for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Arvon Foundation, the Poetry Society, London, and at the American University in Paris. He was a judge for the Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes.[2] From 2015 to 2018 he was Poet in Residence at St. John's College, University of Cambridge.[3][4][5]



  • "Street Life". The Poem. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008.



  1. ^ "Alan Jenkins poet and author". Archived from the original on 9 June 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  2. ^ "The Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes 2008 :: Change". Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  3. ^ D. J. Taylor (5 March 2005). "Flotsam on the human shore". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Megan Harlan (20 January 2002). "Books in Brief: Fiction & Poetry". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Sean O'Brien (3 June 2005). "A Shorter Life by Alan Jenkins". The Independent.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Alan Jenkins - Literature". Retrieved 16 January 2018.

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