Hamish Whyte was born near Glasgow where he lived for many years before moving to Edinburgh in 2004.
He has edited many anthologies of Scottish literature, including Noise and Smoky Breath: an illustrated anthology of Glasgow poems 1900-1983, The Scottish Cat and An Arran Anthology, Kin: Scottish Poems about Family (Polygon/Scottish Poetry Library), as well as co-editing several issues of New Writing Scotland.
He runs Mariscat Press, publishing the poetry of Edwin Morgan, Gael Turnbull, Janice Galloway, Stewart Conn and A.L. Kennedy among others.
He has worked as a librarian, reviewed crime fiction for Scotland on Sunday and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.