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A.E. Stallings

Author photo of A. E. Stallings taken in front of the Parthenon
Books by this author: This Afterlife
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  • A.E. Stallings is a U.S.-born poet and translator who lives in Greece. She studied Classics at the University of Georgia (in Athens, Georgia) and Oxford University, and lives now in Athens. She has published four volumes of poetry (Archaic Smile, Hapax, Olives, and Like), and three volumes of verse translation, including Lucretius' The Nature of Things and Hesiod's Works and Days with Penguin Classics. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her translation and poetry, including a Guggenheim fellowship and a MacArthur fellowship. Her poetry book, Like (FSG), was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. In June 2023, Stallings was announced as the new Oxford Professor of Poetry.
     'The main thing Stallings has going for her is that she's good at writing poems... her poems satisfy in the way a handblown glass bowl satisfies; they have heft and shape.'
    David Orr, The New York Times
    'Rhyme and metre never go away. A.E. Stallings has demonstrated such mastery of both over the past two decades that it's surprising to find this is her first book published in England. But don't mistake this for cold, formal verse. With great empathy, she is that rare thing: a poet who can speak to the uninitiated reader.'
    Graeme Richardson, The Sunday Times '5 best poetry books of 2022'
    'A.E. Stallings is that rare poet who can write in a traditional form (sonnets! sestinas!) without letting the form squeeze the life out of the poem. "This Afterlife," which selects from more than two decades of work, solidifies her virtuoso status. Much of the pleasure comes from her precise, imaginative eye'
    Troy Jollimore, Washington Post Best Poetry Collections of 2022
    'A. E. Stallings's technically assured poems in This Afterlife are like a set of well-cut clothes... there is also profound and disturbing work here, often reflecting (as an American based in Greece) on Europe's treatment of migrants. Out in the UK this December, this Selected Poems should introduce Stallings's mastery to a wider public.'
    Graeme Richardson, The Sunday Times
    'Aesthetic and intellectual pleasures are everywhere in this considerable work'
    Publishers Weekly
    Awards won by A.E. Stallings Winner, 2023  The Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award
    (This Afterlife)
    Short-listed, 2022 The London Hellenic Prize
    (This Afterlife)
    Commended, 2022 Poetry Book Society Winter Special Commendation
    (This Afterlife)
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