Poet Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950. After studying at St Andrews University, he taught English at schools in Edinburgh, Madrid and London, before moving to Dumfries to teach at the Academy there. In the 2000s he lectured in Creative Writing and Storytelling at the University of Glasgow campus in Dumfries; his time working at the Crichton campus inspired his collection Dear Alice. Dear Alice won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Scottish Book Award for poetry in 2009.
As well as poetry, he has written a number of books for children, including picture books (most recently Tell Me One Thing, Dad) and novels, including Captives in 2006. He has also written for the radio, and a travel book about Peru called In the Palace of Serpents.
Tom Pow has held a number of writer-in-residence positions, such as the Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow at the University of Alberta in 1992/93, and Poet in Residence at the StAnza festival in 2005. In the 2000s he lectured in Creative Writing and Storytelling at the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries Campus, and he is now a Lecturer at Lancaster University. He still lives in Dumfries.