Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955, studied at Nottingham University and taught for some time at the University of Salerno in Italy. He is the author of five collections of poetry: The Sirocco Room (1991); The Kiosk on the Brink (1993); The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and a Poetry Book Society Choice; Ink Stone (2003), shortlisted for the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award; and Crocodiles and Obelisks (2007), shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year). His selected poems have been published in Holland and Italy.
In the 1990s, Jamie McKendrick was named as one of the Poetry Society’s ‘New Generation’ poets. He lives in Oxford, where he teaches part-time and reviews poetry and the visual arts for a number of newspapers and magazines. He has held residencies at Hertford College, Oxford, Masaryk University, Brno, and the University of Gothenburg, and is at present writer-in-residence at University College, London. He is editor of the recent Faber Book of 20th-century Italian Poems (2004), and is currently working on a translation of the poetry of Valerio Magrelli.