Susan Hampton is a poet and freelance editor who lives in Lyneham, Canberra. For many years she taught writing at universities. Her five books of poems include Costumes and A Latin Primer. Her poems and stories have won the Patricia Hackett Prize, the Dame Mary Gilmore Award, The Brian Eton Prize, and the Shire of Eltham Short Story Award. With Kate Llewellyn she co-edited The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets (1986). In 1990 she won the Steele Rudd Award for Surly Girls. Her last book The Kindly Ones, from Five Islands Press, was shortlisted for five awards, and won The Judith Wright Poetry Prize for 2006.