Nigel Jenkins is a poet, editor, journalist, broadcaster and writer of creative non-fiction. He was brought up on a farm on the former Kilvrough estate in Gower, and educated at Essex University; he lives in Mumbles, Swansea. His early work can be found, with that of Tony Curtis and Duncan Bush, in Three Young Anglo-Welsh Poets (1974). Since then he has published several collections of poetry, including Song and Dance (1981), Practical Dreams (1983), Acts of Union: Selected Poems (1990), Ambush (1998) and Hotel Gwales (2006). His collection of haiku and senryu, Blue (2002), was the first haiku collection ever to appear from a Welsh publisher; his second haiku collection, O For a Gun, was published in 2007. He won the Arts Council of Wales 1996 Book of the Year prize with his travel book Gwalia in Khasia (1995), and published a selection of his essays and articles as Footsore on the Frontier (2001). He is co-editor of The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, published by the University of Wales Press in 2008.
He is also the author of Real Swansea, (Seren Books, 2008) a personal account of the modern city, and Gower, (Gomer, 2009) and is currently working on Real Swansea 2. He is the Co-Director of the English Department's Creative Writing programme.