Frances Leviston is a poet, critic and short story writer.
Her first collection of poetry, Public Dream, was published by Picador in 2007 and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Award. Her second collection, Disinformation, was published by Picador in 2015 and shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Individual poems from both these books have appeared in publications including Poetry (Chicago), The Nation, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Edinburgh Review, Granta New Writing, and others.
In 2015, her short story ‘Broderie Anglaise’ was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. A further story, ‘About the Mountain’, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2016. She is currently working on a full collection of short stories for publication in 2018.
Frances has published scholarly work on Elizabeth Bishop in the peer-reviewed American journal Twentieth Century Literature. “Mothers and Marimbas in ‘The Bight’: Bishop’s Danse Macabre" was awarded the journal’s Andrew J. Kappel Prize for Literary Criticism in 2015. She has also written many reviews and essays on poetry for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry London, Poetry Review, Edinburgh Review and others.