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Nerys Williams is from Carmarthenshire. She has an MA in Contemporary Poetry and a D.Phil in American Studies. Before her post-graduate studies she worked in the sound department at BBC Wales and as an assistant in mental health care. In 2005 Nerys won the Ted McNulty Prize for Best Single Poem for ‘The Dead Zoo’, which appears in Sound Archive, shortlisted for the 2011 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She is the author of two critical books: The Edinburgh Critical Guide to Contemporary Poetry (2011) and Reading Error: The Lyric and Contemporary Poetry (2007). She now lectures in American Literature at University College, Dublin.