Esther Morgan was born in Kidderminster , Worcestershire in 1970. Since completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in the 90s, she has published three collections of poetry, all with Bloodaxe. Her first, Beyond Calling Distance (2001) won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her most recent book, Grace, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize. She taught creative writing at UEA where she also edited the contemporary poetry anthology Reactions. For several years she was Historic Recordings Manager for The Poetry Archive and in 2015 co-edited the Spring edition of Poetry Review with Moniza Alvi.