Glyn Maxwell was born in 1962 in Welwyn Garden City, England. He is the author of several collections of poems, including Out of the Rain (1992), for which he received a Somerset Maugham Award; Rest for the Wicked (1995), which was short-listed for both the Whitbread Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize; and The Breakage (1998), which was short-listed for both the T.S. Eliot and the Forward Poetry (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) prizes. Maxwell lives in London.