Anna Selby was born in Shropshire in 1982 to a Canadian artist and a British minimalist. She was one of four writers selected from the UK to travel to Bangladesh with the British Council as part of a writing exchange project with young Bangladeshi writers. In 2011, she was shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award. Her poetry has been published in various magazines and anthologies, including Smiths Knoll, Magma, The Rialto and the Cinnamon Anthology of Young British Poets. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing Masters at the University of East Anglia. A specialist in contemporary international poetry, she works as Literature and Spoken Word Co-ordinator at the Southbank Centre and is an associate artist of dance-film company, State of Flux.