Born in Melbourne, Jamie Grant studied for a degree in English at La Trobe University and subsequently worked as an editor, bookseller, journalist and literary critic. He began publishing poetry in the 1970s. Grant's work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. He has published eight volumes of poetry and edited five poetry anthologies. Grant's first poetry collection was a joint publication with Graeme Kinross-Smith (Turn Left at Any Time with Care, 1975); his latest work is Glass on the Chimney (2014).