Erica McAlpine is a poet and academic based in Oxford. The Country Gambler (Shearsman 2016) is her first book of poems.

"A powerful intelligence animates this work, with a maturity of perspective striking in a younger poet. There is something of Marianne Moore in her scrupulously observed animals, her dexterities . . . These poems evoke animals, plants, erotic predicaments, seasonal shifts of inner and outer weather, impending motherhood; most of all, they conjure a sensibility—alert, discriminating, sympathetic, sometimes mordant, profoundly responsive, classically romantic, romantically classical."   —Maureen McLane, Vela Magazine

"The poems in The Country Gambler, McAlpine's first collection, are intelligent and poised. They teach and delight." --Beverley Bie Brahic, The Times Literary Supplement