Roy Fisher was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2012. He has published over thirty poetry books, and has been the subject of numerous critical essays and several studies, including The Unofficial Roy Fisher, edited by Peter Robinson (Shearsman Books, 2010). His four collections with Bloodaxe include The Dow Low Drop: New & Selected Poems (1996), and his later retrospective, The Long and the Short of It: Poems 1955-2005 (2005). His most recent collection, Standard Midland (2010), published on his eightieth birthday, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. Born in 1930 in Handsworth, Birmingham, he retired as Senior Lecturer in American Studies from Keele University in 1982. He is a freelance writer and jazz musician, and lives in Derbyshire.