Estill Pollock was born in rural Kentucky in 1950. While at university, his work appeared in the Atlantic Monthly’s national selection of prize-winning poems over a three-year period. In the early 70s, he published in Alkahest (Wesleyan University Press) and the Harvard Advocate. His first major poetical works were published in Poetry in Chicago, receiving the George Dillon Memorial Prize. In 1973 he left Kentucky to worked as an itinerant tradesman in Virginia and Florida, before settling in England, near the Essex coast.