Jack Underwood was born in Norwich in 1984, and lectures in creative writing and English literature at Goldsmiths College. He received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2007, and was named a Faber New Poet in 2009. His debut collection, Happiness, was published by Faber & Faber in 2015. He was a founding editor of the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives and has written criticism for both The Poetry Review and Poetry London. He was a judge for the National Poetry Competition 2016.