Jo Mazelis is a novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. Her collection of stories Diving Girls (Parthian, 2002) was short-listed for The Commonwealth Best First Book and Welsh Book of the Year. Her second book, Circle Games (Parthian, 2005) was long-listed for Welsh Book of the Year. She was born in Swansea where she currently lives. Originally trained at art school, she worked for many years in London in magazine publishing as a freelance photographer, designer and illustrator, before receiving an MA in English Literature. She has won prizes for her short stories in the Rhys Davies, Allen Raine and PenFro competitions. In 2014 her novel Significance was published by Seren.