Pascale Petit is a poet who was born in Paris and lives in London. Her collections include What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo (2010) and The Zoo Father (2001). Three of her collections were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and were 'books of the year' in the Observer, Independent, and The Times Literary Supplement, where Les Murray wrote: 'No other British poet I am aware of can match the powerful mythic imagination of Pascale Petit'. Black Lawrence Press has published a U.S. edition of What the Water Gave Me (2011) and The Zoo Father was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She trained at the Royal College of Art and spent the first part of her life as an artist before deciding to concentrate on poetry.
The Poetry Book Society and Arts Council named Pascale as one of the Next Generation Poets in 2004. She has won numerous writing awards, including four from Arts Council England, and has been shortlisted for a Forward Prize. A bilingual edition of The Zoo Father is published in Mexico.
Pascale is a co-founding tutor of The Poetry School and co-edited its first anthology. She was also poetry editor of Poetry London for fifteen years. She was a core course tutor for Oxford University's Master of Studies in Creative Writing (2007-9) and tutors poetry courses for Tate Modern, the Poetry School, the Arvon Foundation and Taliesin Trust.
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