Glyn Maxwell is a poet, playwright, novelist, librettist and critic. His volumes of poetry include The Breakage, Hide Now, and Pluto, all of which were shortlisted for either the Forward or T.S. Eliot Prizes, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His Selected Poems, One Thousand Nights and Counting, was published in 2011.
In 2012 he published the critical guidebook On Poetry, described by Adam Newey in the Guardian as "the best book about poetry I've ever read." He has also written and staged many plays in London and New York.
Born in England in 1962, Maxwell studied at Oxford University and then Boston University, where he studied poetry and theater with Derek Walcott, which lead to a long association with Walcott. He edited Walcott's Selected Poems in 2014.
Maxwell lives in London and is a professor of writing at New York University and Essex University.