Glyn Maxwell was born in 1962 in Welwyn Garden City, England. He is author of several collections of poems, including Out of the Rain, for which he received a Somerset Maugham Award; Rest for the Wicked, which was short-listed for both the Whitbread Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize; and The Breakage, which was short-listed for both the T.S. Eliot and the Forward Poetry (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) prizes. His One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems will be published in September 2011. Maxwell lives in London.