Deryn Rees-Jones was educated at the University of Wales, Bangor, and Birkbeck College, London. She lives in Liverpool, lecturing in the University. She is an Eric Gregory Award winner, and The Memory Tray (Seren, 1995) was shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. In 1996 she received an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award. Her collection of work includes: Signs Round A Dead Body (Seren, 1998), Quiver (Seren, 2004), Consorting With Angels (Bloodaxe, 2005), Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 2005), And You, Helen (Seren, 2014), a meditation of Helen and Edward Thomas, illustrated by Charlotte Hodes. In 2010 she recieved a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors. Deryn's poetry collection Burying the Wren was on the 2012 TS Eliot Prize shortlist, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year. Her collection What It's Like to be Alive: Selected Poems (Seren, 2016) is a mid-career milestone of this highly acclaimed writer.
Deryn Rees-Jnes is Professor of Poetry at Liverpool University, and editor at the poetry publisher Pavilion, part of Liverpool University Press.