Carol Rumens was born in 1944 in South London. Based in Belfast for some years, where she was Poet in Residence at Queen's University, she has also held residencies in Cork, Canterbury and Stockholm. She was Northern Arts Literary Fellow at Newcastle and Durham, and now teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Bangor. Poems 1968-2004 draws upon eleven poetry books as well as pamphlets and new or uncollected work. Carol Rumens has also published a novel, Plato Park, and written two plays, Nearly Siberia and Suzanne Hecabe. She has edited two anthologies, Making for the Open and New Women Poets. She has also translated several Russian poets with her partner, Yuri Drobyshev.