Pascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in Cornwall. She has published seven poetry collections. Her seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), won the RSL Ondaatje Prize, was shortlisted for the Roehampton Prize, and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her sixth collection, Fauverie, was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the Manchester Poetry Prize. Her fifth collection, What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, published by Seren in 2010 (UK) and Black Lawrence Press in 2011 (US), was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Prize, Wales Book of the Year, and was Jackie Kay’s Book of the Year in the Observer.