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Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL

Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL

Born in Mexico City in 1947, Michael Schmidt is a poet, novelist, academic, translator and publisher. He has wrote more than 15 books, including five poetry collections. His poems have been translated into more than 10 languages including Arabic, French and Lithuanian. His book ’Lives of Poets’ (2002) was on the New York Times ‘Books of the Year’ list and he received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for ‘Green Island’ (1984).

Michael attended Harvard and then Wadham College, Oxford and has lectured at universities up and down the country throughout his career including, University of Manchester, Glasgow University and St John’s College, Cambridge. Michael founded ‘Carcanet Press’ in 1969, a publisher that produces 35-50 new titles every year, mainly poetry but some fiction too.  In 2000, it was named the Sunday Times Millennium Small Publisher of the Year. Michael also founded ‘PN Review,’ of which he is still the General Editor.  He is often a contributor to BBC radio and has appeared on television shows such as ‘Newsnight’ and ‘The Late Show.’