Mark Ford is a poet, critic, and Professor of English at University College London. A native of Nairobi, Kenya, he holds a B.A. and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and has studied at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Kyoto. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books, Ford has written on such writers as John Ashbery, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Marilynne Robinson, and Raymond Roussel. His collections of poetry include Landlocked (1991), Soft Sift (2001), and Six Children (2011).