Anne Rouse was born in Washington DC and grew up in Virginia. After reading History at the University of London, she worked as a nurse and the director of a mental health charity. Since becoming a freelance writer, she has had many residencies, including visiting fellowships in Glasgow and in autumn 2004 in Belfast. She lives in Hastings. Anne Rouse has published four books with Bloodaxe: the collections Sunset Grill (1993) and Timing (1997) – both Poetry Book Society Recommendations – and The School of Night (2004); and The Upshot: New & Selected Poems (2008), which includes a new collection, The Divided (2008), plus a selection from her first three collections. She reads a half-hour selection of poems on Poetry Quartets 9 (British Council/Bloodaxe Books, 2004).