Tim Kendall was born in Plymouth in 1970. He has held academic posts in Oxford, Newcastle and Bristol. He joined Exeter as Professor of English Literature in 2006, and became Head of Department in 2009.
In recent years, he has edited Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology (OUP), and (with Margaret Ferguson and Mary Jo Salter) The Norton Anthology of Poetry (6th edition). He was presenter of Ivor Gurney: The Poet Who Loved the War (BBC, 2014) and is Producer of a forthcoming documentary on Sylvia Plath (BBC2, 2018).