Mark Roper was born in England in 1951, and moved to Ireland in 1980,
His poetry collections include The Hen Ark (Calstock, Cornwall, Peterloo Poets 1990/
Galway, Salmon Publishing, 1991), which won the 1992 Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection; Catching The Light (Belfast, Lagan Press, 1997); The Home Fire (Craigavad, Co. Down, Abbey Press 1998); Whereabouts (Peterloo/Abbey Press,2005); Even So: New & Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2008); and A Gather of Shadow (The Dedalus Press, 2012).
He was Editor of Poetry Ireland Review for 1999.
He lives in Co. Kilkenny.