Colin Herd was born in Stirling in 1985 and now lives in Edinburgh. He is a poet, fiction writer and critic. His first collection of poems “too ok” was published by BlazeVOX in 2011. A pamphlet, “like”, was published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press in 2011 and a second full-length collection 'Glovebox', was published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press in 2013. In 2014, he read as part of the Auld Enemies tour of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Lerwick and Kirkwall. In 2015, a book of collaborations with SJ Fowler based around the life and work of Oskar Kokoschka was published with support from the Austrian Cultural Forum. 'Click & Collect' is new in 2017 from Boiler House Press, and 'Swamp Kiss' from Red Ceilings Press in 2018. He has published over 60 reviews and articles on art and literature in publications including Aesthetica Magazine, 3:AM Magazine, PN:Review and The Independent. He has read and performed his work widely, including at Rich Mix Arts Centre, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Gay’s the Word Bookshop, Edinburgh University, Lancaster University and The Edinburgh International Book Festival. In 2014, 'Glovebox' was highly commended in the Forward Prizes.


‘Colin Herd’s ‘too ok‘ is a treasure trove of razzle-dazzle stylings, superfine wit, charismatic discretion, and a vacuuming tenderness. Herd’s gift for words is exquisite and adventurous and armed to the teeth, and these poems are its perfect measurements.’—Dennis Cooper

"as ambitious as it is enjoyable. Its subject is consumerism, and how it has colonised our consciousness to the extent that we don't notice it" - The Scotsman on Click + Collect

"He figures poetry itself as a swamp of embarrassment" - Maria Sledmere on Click and Collect at Zarf

"I can imagine the 'but is it poetry?' complaints as I read it" Steven Waling reviews Click + Collect in Magma


'rug design' from Glovebox highly commended in Forward Prizes 2014


"ridiculous poems" - Bel Mooney, Daily Mail 


On BBC Radio Scotland 7th July 2014: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022fhy5


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