Louise Essex is a poet and songwriter from Hertfordshire. She studied English at the University of York, where she joined the Writing Squad. Since completing her MA at UCL, she has lived in Paris, Barcelona and Nice. Her poetry has been published by Papaya Press, The Poetry Business, Banshee, Under the Radar and Butcher's Dog. She works as a translator, facilitates writing workshops and runs a website, The Poetry Jar, where she reviews poetry. She performs her music as Dear Wife, and is currently working on her first album.