Tiffany Atkinson was born in Berlin in 1972 to an army family, and lived in Germany, Cyprus and Britain. After studying English at Birmingham University she took a PhD in Critical Theory at Cardiff, and has lived in Wales since. She lectures in English at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she also co-hosts a weekly poems and-pints event. Her poetry has appeared widely in magazines and she won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 2001. Her debut collection, for Seren, Kink and Particle was winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Award, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award.