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Caleb Klaces

Caleb Klaces (2003) twice featured in the UK’s Foyle National Young Poets of the Year before taking up his place at the Hall.

Caleb Klaces portraitWhile an undergraduate, he won the Graham Midgley poetry prize three years running and contributed to the second volume of Synergies: Creative Writing in Academic Practice. After graduating with a First, he was based for a while in Austin, Texas where he was editor-in-chief of the Bat City Review.

His first poetry collection, Bottled Air (Eyewear, 2013), won the Melita Hume Prize. In 2012, he won an Eric Gregory award, and was named a Granta 'New Poet'. He has published two pamphlets: All Safe All Well (Flarestack, 2011) and Modern Version (If a leaf falls, 2017).

Caleb’s poetry, fiction, non-fiction and essays appear in journals including Poetry, Granta, The White Review, Poetry London, Conjunctions, The Threepenny Review and The Poetry Review.

He is a Lecturer at York St John University. He lives in York with the scholar and novelist Daisy Hildyard, also a Hall Writer, and their daughter.

"I’ve found myself going back to this collection again and again as if it were already an old favourite.The poems are imagistically intense, brave in their scope and hard-won humour and possess a wisdom one hopes for in the full flow of a career combined with the excitement of a debut. What’s refreshing is a sense that perhaps our best poetic reaction to chaos, uncertainty and horror is not Absurdism but a deep humanity, compassion and sincerity. "– Luke Kennard