Meic Stephens (1938–2018) was born in Treforest, near Pontypridd. Educated at University College, Aberystwyth, he was a French teacher and journalist before becoming Literature Director of the Welsh Arts Council in 1967. He founded Poetry Wales in 1965 and edited the magazine for eight years. A poet and editor of numerous books, he became a university lecturer and a literary agent after retiring from the Arts Council. He was the editor of the Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (1986) and A Rhondda Anthology (1993), and translator of Gwynfor Evans' autobiography (1996).