Jack Underwood (Creative Non-Fiction, 2017)

Jack Underwood

Shortlisted in 2017 for Creative Non-Fiction

Jack Underwood has been published as a poet for over a decade as well as writing criticism for international magazines Poetry London and Poetry Review, and working as a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. This experience of both creating and critiquing poetry has helped him “take a wider view on the role of poetic language and thought”. His collection – Happiness (Faber & Faber, 2014), for example, explores the “ephemerality of happiness itself” and “the ever-present possibility of its departure.”

Underwood also has an interest in widening our common understanding of language, to include mathematics and science, along with religious or ceremonial practices. Indeed, his current work in progress, Not Even This, examines how poetic logic is an underpinning feature of knowledge forms far beyond the remit of poetry itself: quantum mechanics, cyborgism, black hole science, St Joan of Arc and post-human technologies.