Frances Presley was born in Derbyshire, grew up in Lincolnshire and Somerset, and now lives in a housing co-op in north London. She studied modern literature at the universities of East Anglia and Sussex, writing dissertations on Pound, Apollinaire, and Bonnefoy. She worked as a librarian, specializing in research and information for community development and anti-racism projects. She also worked at the Poetry Library. Publications of poems and prose include The Sex of Art (North and South, 1988), Hula Hoop (Other Press, 1993), and Linocut (Oasis, 1997). She collaborated with the artist Irma Irsara, in a multi media project about clothing and the fashion trade, Automatic Cross Stitch, (Other Press, 2000); and with the poet Elizabeth James in an email text and performance, Neither the One nor the Other (Form Books, 1999). Somerset Letters (Oasis, 2002), with drawings by Ian Robinson, explored intersections of community and landscape. The title sequence of Paravane: new and selected poems,1996–2003 (Salt, 2004) was a response to 9/11/2001, and the IRA bombsites in London. Myne: new and selected poems and prose, 19762005, (Shearsman, 2006) takes its title from the old name for Minehead in Somerset. Her latest book, Lines of Sight, (Shearsman, 2009), includes 'Stone settings and Longstones', an exploration of the Neolithic stone sites on Exmoor, and part of a multi-media collaboration with Tilla Brading. Presley has written various essays and reviews, especially on innovative British women poetsHer work is included in the anthology Infinite Difference (Shearsman, 2010), and in the forthcoming anthology Ground Aslant: radical landscape poetry(Shearsman, 2011).

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