Jo Shapcott won the Forward Prize for her collection, My Life Asleep, in 1999. For two years from 1998 she was Northern Arts Literary Fellow at the universities of Newcastle and Durham and was the first Visiting Professor of Poetry at Newcastle, giving the inaugural Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures in 2001.
Her poetry books include: Electroplating the Baby (1988), which won a Commonwealth Prize; Phrase Book (1992); and My Life Asleep (1998), both Poetry Book Society Choices.
A collection of selected poems, Her Book, was published by Faber in 1999, and Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke’s poems in French, in 2001. She is a Member of Yr Academi Gymreig (The Welsh Academy).