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Kate Potts was born in South London in 1978. She worked in music publishing before training as a teacher. Her pamphlet Whichever Music (tall-lighthouse, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. In 2009 she received an Arts Council award towards her first collection Pure Hustle (Bloodaxe, 2011). Her work has featured in a variety of magazines and anthologies.

Kate teaches creative writing at Morley College and the Poetry School, and is a writer in residence at Kingston University. She is also working towards a PhD on radio poetry.