Jane Duran was born in Cuba to a Spanish father and an American mother. She was bought up in the USA and in Chile and after graduating from Cornell University she moved to England in 1966.
Her poems have appeared in anthologies, and selections have been published in Poetry Introduction 8 (Faber and Faber, 1993), Making for Planet Alice (Bloodaxe, 1997) and in La Generacion del Cordero (Trilce Ediciones, Mexico, 2000).
Her first collection Breathe Now, Breathe (Enitharmon Press, 1995) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and she has published two further collections with Enitharmon: Silences from the Spanish Civil War (2002) and Coastal (2006). In 2005 she received a Cholmondeley Award.