Martin Stannard was born in 1952, and has been publishing and performing his poetry since 1977. He was the founding editor and publisher of Joe Soap’s Canoe poetry magazine (1978-1993). He has worked extensively in community arts and in community and adult education, and regularly teaches writers’ workshops. He has also held a number of writing residencies, including work with mosaic artist Arik Halfon on a village trail in Bassingham, Lincolnshire. His reviews of poetry feature regularly in a number of magazines. He lives in Newstead, near Nottingham.