Emily Vanderploeg was born in Canada in 1983. She studied English and Art History at Queen's University (BAH), Creative Writing at Swansea University (MA, PhD), and teaches English and Creative Writing from primary to university level. Her writing has been published in both the UK and Canada, shortlisted for the Arc Poem of the Year Contest for 'Loose Jewels', and longlisted for The Poetry School's 'Primers 4' and the 2018 Women Poets' Prize. Emily is a Hay Festival Writer at Work and 2019 Literature Wales New Writers Bursary Award recipient for her novel-in-progress. Originally from Aurora, Ontario, she lives in Swansea.