Jacob Sam-La Rose was born in London in 1976. He was managing director of a web development studio before becoming a freelance writer and editor. He is the Artistic Director of the London Teenage Poetry SLAM, and an editor for Flipped Eye Press. His work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Identity Parade (Bloodaxe, 2010), Poems For Love (Penguin, 2010), Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry (Peepal Tree, 2010) and Michael Rosen’s A-Z: The Best Children’s Poetry from Agard to Zephaniah (Puffin, 2009). His pamphlet Communion was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice in 2006.