Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her first full poetry collection, Basic Nest Architecture (Seren, 2017), has been followed by a third pamphlet, With Invisible Rain (New Walk Press, 2018), which draws on Dorothy Wordsworth’s late journals in articulating pain. Her first pamphlet bone song (Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award, 2009, and second, Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013), won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize in 2012. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, and the Universities of Strathclyde and Cumbria. She is a Penguin Random House WriteNow mentee, for a non-fiction book reflecting on place, belonging and chronic illness.
Photo: Kay Adkins