Simon Armitage (1963-) is known for his distinctly northern British vernacular and deadpan delivery. The author of over ten collections of verse, several plays, two novels, three nonfiction works, and numerous writings for television and radio, Armitage - a probation officer before he turned to poetry - is also a professor of poetry at England’s Sheffield University. Armitage was named Great Britain’s “Millennial Poet”- an office that involved travel to different places around the country to observe how these regions had spent the money that was disbursed through the New Millennium Experience Company. He also worked to spread the appreciation of poetry throughout the population. (Adapted from: “Simon Armitage.” Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2017).