Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. Her teenage years were spent in an Essex village. She has published six collections of poetry with Faber & Faber including Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes, and The Casual Perfect (2011). A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde (2014) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. Her latest collection, The Built Moment, was published in February 2019.