Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London in 1962, where she still lives. She worked as a book editor and arts administrator until 1994, and since then has been a freelance writer, reviewer and radio broadcaster. In 1990, she received an Eric Gregory Award. Her first poetry collection, Night Photograph, was published by Faber in 1993, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread and Forward Poetry Prizes. The title poem of her second collection, A World Where News Travelled Slowly (Faber 1997), won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She received an Arts Council Writers Award in 1995 and a Wingate Scholarship in 1997. In 2000, she was awarded a three-year fellowship by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
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