Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore in 1954 to a Pakistani father and an English mother. She grew up in Hertfordshire. Her poetry collections include The Country at My Shoulder (OUP, 1993) which was shortlisted for the Whitbread and the T.S. Eliot poetry prizes, Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008) and At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe, 2013), both also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her most recent full-length collection is Blackbird, Bye Bye (Bloodaxe, 2018). Homesick for the Earth, her versions of the French/Uruguayan poet Jules Supervielle, were published by Bloodaxe in 2011, and a pamphlet Bitter Berries with Veronika Krasnova, versions of later poems by the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, appeared from New Walk Editions in 2018. A collection of her poems was published in Italy in 2014 by Donzelli Editore: Un mondo diviso, translated by Paola Splendore. An Italian version of At the Time of Partition, also translated by Paola Splendore, will appear later this year.
Moniza now lives in Wymondham, near Norwich, where she works as a freelance writer and tutor. She has tutored for the Poetry School and also at the University of East Anglia where she is currently a doctoral researcher, studying the poetry and reputation of the twentieth century poet Stevie Smith.