Jack Underwood

Jack Underwood is a poet, writer and critic, based in London. His debut collection of poems Happiness was published by Faber in 2015 and was winner of the Somerset Maugham Award. His work has appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry LondonFive Dials, PracCritNew Statesman, The Observer, TLS, PoetryThe White Review and Tate etc., as well as internationally, and in translation. He has collaborated with artists, composers and musicians, including work for radio and opera, and he is a senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

His non-fiction book, Not Even This, was published by Corsair in 2021 and explores poetic language, knowledge and uncertainty. 

Selected praise:

‘In clear, nimble, and dexterous prose, Underwood launches a capacious quest toward the unknown and maps the limits of knowledge via artmaking’s potent yet elusive role in amplifying the unknowable. All this revolves and hovers over the intimate negotiation of perhaps the deepest mystery of all: fatherhood – and with it the precarious wonder, the fraught yet ever-vital annals of parenting and love.’ – Ocean Vuong

‘Underwood writes with such intellectual generosity and emotional precision, by turns as consoling as a hug and vertiginous as a sudden fall. It’s a magical book. An incantation to be fully present, fully concerned, fully alive.’ – Luke Kennard

‘[Jack Underwood] is a lucid and engaging companion. The voice that comes through in these pages is immensely likable – humble, conscientious and emotionally intelligent.’ Houman Berkat, The Guardian (Book of the Day)

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