Adrian Rice is from Northern Ireland, born just north of Belfast, in Whitehouse, Newtownabbey, County Antrim. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA in English & Politics, and MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature. He has delivered writing workshops, readings, and lectures throughout the UK & Ireland, and the U.S. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including The Mason’s Tongue, which was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Literary Prize and nominated for the Irish Times Prize for Poetry. Adrian now lives with his wife and their young son in Hickory, North Carolina, from where he commutes to Boone for Doctoral studies at Appalachian State University.