Mark Pajak was born in Merseyside. His work has appeared in Poetry London, The North, The Rialto and Magma. He has been awarded a Northern Writer’s Award, an Eric Gregory Award and first place in The Bridport Prize. His first pamphlet, Spitting Distance, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate’s Choice and is published with smith|doorstop. He was commended in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2014.