Zoë Brigley grew up in Caerphilly in the Rhymney Valley of Wales, and is now an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University in the US. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003 and received a Welsh Academy bursary in 2005. Her first book of poems, The Secret (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008.Her second collection, Conquest (Bloodaxe Books, 2012), was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, as is her third collection, Hand & Skull (Bloodaxe Books, 2019). A book of her non-fiction essays, Notes from a Swing State, is due from Parthian Books in 2019. She also researches violence against women and minorities. Her writing has been published in journals like Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Poetry Wales, and Australian Book Review among others.