John Stammers read philosophy at Kings College London and is an Associate of Kings College. His first collection, Panoramic Lounge-Bar, was awarded the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2001 and shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award 2001. His second collection, Stolen Love Behaviour, was a Poetry Book Society Choice. He was Judith E. Wilson Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is a creative writing tutor and freelance writer. His latest collection, Interior Night, is published by Picador, and he is the editor of The Picador Book of Love Poems. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and their two sons.