Glyn Maxwell was born in 1962 in Hertfordshire, England. He studied English at Oxford and poetry at Boston University. His first book of poetry, Tale of the Mayor’s Son, was published in 1990. Out of the Rain (1992) won a Somerset Maugham Award, and Rest for the Wicked (1995) was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. The Breakage (1998) was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot and the Forward Poetry Prizes. His early books are collected as The Boys at Twilight, which was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, as were his two most recent books, Time’s Fool (2000) and The Nerve (2002). Blue Burneau (1994), his first novel, was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award. Moon Country (1996) describes a visit to Iceland with the poet Simon Armitage in the steps of W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice. He is currently the poetry editor of the New Republic.