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Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Stephen Sexton


“Fleet-footed and irrepressibly charming.” – The Telegraph

Author photo by Michael Weir.

Stephen Sexton’s first book, If All the World and Love Were Young was the winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2019 and the Shine / Strong Award for Best First Collection. He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2020. He was the winner of the National Poetry Competition in 2016 and the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2018. Cheryl’s Destinies was published in 2021, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Wake Forest University Press reissued both collections in North America in 2024.

 

Praise for Stephen Sexton

“A poetry debut fit to compare with Seamus Heaney.” – The Times

“Stephen Sexton is a fabulous poet: gifted with a delicate ear, a humane and generous sensibility, and attentive to both the absurdities and the wonders of modern life. It’s a joy to read these unexpected and thrilling poems.” – Nick Laird

“Stephen Sexton makes anything seem possible: the simplest things and the most mysterious – which, of course, are one and the same.” – Geoff Dyer

Read poems by Stephen Sexton

“The Comic Turn” | The Atlantic

“The Burdens” | Poetry

from “Terrestrials” | Poetry

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