Polly Atkin is a poet and academic. She grew up in Nottingham, then lived in East London for seven years before moving to the North West.

She lives in Cumbria and teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Her debut collection of poetry Basic Nest Architecture was published in February 2017 by Seren.


In 2014 she was diagnosed with one of the  Ehlers Danlos Syndromes (EDS) – hereditary connective tissue disorders. In 2015 she was also diagnosed with Genetic Haemochromatosis, a hereditary metabolic disorder which leads to a toxic accumulation of iron in the body. See Being Mutant for more on both conditions and her experience of living with them.