Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955. He is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a Poetry Book Society Choice; Ink Stone (2003), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Crocodiles & Obelisks (2007), shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Out There (2012) won the Hawthornden Prize. His Selected Poems was published by Faber in 2016. He is editor of 20th-Century Italian Poems (2004); The Embrace (2009), his translations of Valerio Magrelli’s poetry, won the Oxford-Weidenfeld and the John Florio prizes. His most recent publications are Anomaly (Faber, 2018); The Years, his self-illustrated chapbook (Arc, 2020), which won the 2020 Michael Marks Award for Illustration; and the book of essays The Foreign Connection, Writings on Poetry, Art and Translation (Legenda, 2020).