Poet Pascale Petit was born in Paris and lives in Cornwall. She is of French, Welsh, and Indian heritage. Her eighth collection, ‘Tiger Girl’ (Bloodaxe Books, 2020), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and for Wales Book of the Year. A poem from the book won the Keats-Shelley Prize.
Her seventh collection, ‘Mama Amazonica’ (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), won the Poet Laureate’s inaugural Laurel Prize for eco-poetry, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize – the first time a poetry book won this prize for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry best evoking the spirit of a place. It was also selected as the Poetry Book Society Choice. Four previous collections were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Pascale is widely translated and travelled, particularly in the Amazon rainforest and India.