Don Paterson

Don Paterson is a Scottish poet and translator who has authored several books of poetry, including Rain (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009); Landing Light (Graywolf Press, 2004); and The White Lie (Graywolf Press, 2001). He is also the author of the memoir Toy Fights: A Boyhood (W. W. Norton, 2023). 

Paterson’s honors include all three Forward Prizes, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. He is also the only poet to have won the T. S. Eliot Prize twice.

Paterson is a professor emeritus at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.