Todd Swift was born in Montreal, Canada, on Good Friday, in 1966. After working as a successful TV writer (HBO, Fox, Paramount, Hanna-Barbera, CBC, etc.) he moved to Europe in 1997 - first Budapest then Paris, where he organised literary events, lectured, and edited anthologies. A PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA, he has been a (Senior) Lecturer at Kingston University since 2006. His critical study of Anglo-Quebec poetry, Language Acts, co-edited with Jason Camlot, was a finalist for the 2007 Gabrielle Roy Prize. His Seaway: New and Selected Poems was published by Salmon, Ireland, in 2008. He co-edited Modern Canadian Poets (Carcanet, 2010) with Evan Jones. Poems of his have appeared in New American Writing, Poetry, Poetry London, Poetry Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Globe and Mail. He has a new collection from Punchy Books, England Is Mine (2011); and one from Tightrope Books (2012). He has co-edited Lung Jazz: The Oxfam Anthology of Young British Poets (2012). His Selected Poems 1983-2013 is out from Marick Press (USA), 2014. He is married to Sara, and lives in London.