Modern Women Poets is the companion anthology to Deryn Rees-Jones's pioneering critical study. Consorting with Angels: Essays on Modern Women Poets. While its selections illuminate and illustrate her essays, Deryn Rees-Jones's superb anthology works in its own right as the best possible introduction to a whole century of poetry by women. The anthology draws together the work of women poets from Britain. Ireland, and America as one version of a history of women's poetic writing.
deryn rees-jones did doctoral research on women poets at Birkbeck College, and now lectures at Liverpool University. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 1993, and an Arts Council of England Writer's Award in 1996. She has published three poetry books with Seren, The Memory Tray (1994), which was shortlisted for a Forward Prize, and Signs Round a Dead Body (1998), a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, and Quiver: A Murder Mystery (2004). She has also co-edited a book of essays, Contemporary Women's Poetry: Reading/Writing/Practice (2001), with Alison Mark, and published a monograph, Carol Ann Duffy (2001) in Northcote House's Writers & Their Work series. Her critical study Consorting with Angels: Essays on Modern Women Poets is published by Bloodaxe at the same time as this anthology.