Polly Atkin lives in Grasmere. Her first collection, Basic Nest Architecture, was published by Seren in February 2017. An extract from this was awarded New Writing North's Andrew Waterhouse Prize in 2014 for reflecting "a strong sense of place or the natural environment." Her first pamphlet bone song (Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award in 2009, and her second, Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013), won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize in 2012. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University and at the universities of Strathclyde and Cumbria. She is interested in site-specific work, as well as where poetry might intersect with Disability Studies and in writing about the body, in poetry and prose.
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