(1989 - Present)
Poet Will Harris was born and raised in London, the son of a Chinese-Indonesian mother and a British father. He received his BA in English from Hertford College, University of Oxford. All this is implied, his debut poetry pamphlet, was published by HappenStance in 2017 and was joint winner of the London Review Bookshop Pamphlet of the Year award. In 2018, his poem “SAY” was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. His essay Mixed-Race Superman was published by Peninsula Press in 2018 and by Melville House in the US in 2019.
Harris’s debut poetry full-length, RENDANG (Granta, 2020), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. The book was also a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize. A fellow of The Complete Works III mentorship scheme for poets of color, Harris serves as Assistant Editor at The Rialto, co-editor of 13 Pages, and organizer of The Poetry Inquisition. His writing has appeared in the TLS, Granta, The Guardian, and the London Review of Books. He lives in London.
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