Richard McKane was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1947. In 1978, he was the first non-US citizen to be awarded the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University as a writer. As a translator from Russian and Turkish, he has published books with Bloodaxe Books, Anvil Press and Arc Publications. The first collection of his own poetry, Amphora for Metaphors, was published in New York and London in 1993 and his Turkey: Poems was published bilingually in Istanbul. Whilst continuing to translate, he also worked as an interpreter at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, in London.
Richard McKane's arrival has been long delayed, but now he steps into the rather crowded ranks of the most brilliant poets of the last twenty years or more. His poems are faultlessly alive, so fully worked out.