Pascale Petit was born in Paris and lives in Cornwall. She is of French, Welsh and Indian heritage. Her eighth collection, Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books, 2020), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and for Wales Book of the Year. Her seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), won the inaugural Laurel Prize for eco-poetry, the RSL’s Ondaatje Prize, and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Four previous collections were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art, she spent the first part of her life as a visual artist and was a co-founding tutor of The Poetry School. In 2018 she was elected as a Royal Society of Literature Fellow. Petit is widely translated and travelled, particularly in the Amazon rainforest and India.