Mark Ford was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1962. He has published three collections of poetry, Landlocked (1992), Soft Sift (2001) and Six Children (2011). He has also published a biography of the French writer Raymond Roussel, Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams, and a parallel text edition of Roussel's final poem, Nouvelles Impressions d'Afrique (New Impressions of Africa). He has also edited Why I'm Not a Painter and other poems, a selection of the poems of Frank O'Hara, The New York Poets: an anthology (Carcanet Press, 2004) and, with Trevor Winkfield, New York Poets II: from Edwin Denby to Bernadette Mayer (Carcanet Pres, 2006).
He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books, and a selection of his reviews and essays have been published in two volumes, A Driftwood Altar (2005) and Mr and Mrs Stevens and Other Essays (2011). He is currently editing an anthology of the poetry of London for Harvard University Press.
Mark is Professor of English at University College London.