Born in Maine in 1897, Louise Bogan was the daughter of a mill worker and a mentally and emotionally unstable mother.
Luke Davies (b.1962) is a critically acclaimed poet, novelist, and screenplay writer. Davies was raised in the Sydney suburb of West Pymble, and studied Arts at the University of Sydney.
Luke Kennard is the author of numerous works of poetry and short fiction. His first collection of poems, The Solex Brothers, was published in 2005, and won him one of that year's Eric Gregory Awards.
Luke Wright (b. 1982) was spurred into poetry when he first saw John Cooper Clarke perform at the Colchester Arts Centre in 1998, which, he said, ‘changed everything’.
M. K. (Michael Kennedy) Joseph was among the foremost New Zealand writers of his generation, both as poet and novelist.
M. R. Peacocke grew up in South Devon in a musical family. She read English at Oxford, but spent more time on a capella singing and playing the oboe than on literary studies.
Makhosazana (Khosi) Xaba’s poetry, fiction and academic work reflects a lifetime actively involved with politics.
Malika Ndlovu is a South African poet who has performed her work across the globe.
Based in the north-west of England, Mandy Coe writes poetry for adults and children. A Hawthornden Fellow, she is winner of several prizes, including the Ilkley and Ted Waters Memorial Prize.
Margaret Atwood (b. 1939) is familiar to readers all over the world as the author of some of the finest and most influential fiction of the last few decades.
Marilyn Hacker (b. 1942) is a poet whose work combines the political and the personal, the traditional and the radical, to startling effect.
Mark Ford was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1962; he grew up there, and in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the U.S.A., Hong Kong, Bahrain and the UK. He holds a B.A. and a D.Phil.
Mark McWatt was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and attended schools all over the country, including mission schools in interior districts, as his father was a District officer in the colonial government of the time. He studied English at the University of Toronto and at Leeds University, where he completed a PhD in 1975, and went on to accept an appointment as Assistant Lecturer at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies, Barbados, in 1976. He remained at Cave Hill, becoming Professor of West Indian Literature in 1999, also teaching modern fiction, poetry and creative writing. He retired in 2007 and is now Professor Emeritus. In 1986 he founded the Journal of West Indian Literature.
Mark Strand was born in 1934 on Prince Edward Island, Canada and grew up in the United States. He was a shy dreamy child, and claims not to have been very bright at school.
Mark Tredinnick (b. 1962), though an established Australian writer, is a relatively new poet - The Road South, an audio CD (River Road Press 2008), is his first collection. Tredinnick was raised in Epping, a suburb of Sydney.
Intellectually gifted Mary Coleridge was the great-grand‑niece of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Her parents were impressively well connected to writers and musicians in the London of the last half of the nineteenth century.
Mary Jo Salter describes herself as a ‘particularly formal poet’.
In spite of needing to earn a living as a kitchen maid and her death from measles at the age of twenty‑four, Mary Leapor left behind a substantial body of work.
Mary Robinson was a gifted musician, champion of the rights of women, novelist, poet and actress.
Mary Sidney Herbert was an influential and talented poet, translator and patron of the arts in Elizabethan England. She was also the sister of the courtier and poet Philip Sidney.
Matthew Arnold was born in 1822, the son of the celebrated headmaster of Rugby, Thomas Arnold.
Matthew Francis was born in Hampshire in 1956 and educated at the City of London School and Magdalene College, Cambridge. After more than ten years in the IT industry, he enrolled at Southampton University in 1994 to study for a PhD in English.
Matthew Hollis (b. 1971) has published two collections of his own poetry, and has contributed to several other poetic careers as an editor at Faber and Faber.
"Matthew Sweeney is a force for good in British poetry," wrote Ruth Padel.
Born in Donegal in Ireland, Matthew Sweeney was one of the most original poets writing for children.