R J Dent is a poet, novelist, translator, essayist, and short story writer

As a renowned translator of European literature, R J Dent has published modern English translations of The Songs of Maldoror (Le Comte de Lautréamont); The Flowers of Evil (Charles Baudelaire); Speculations (Alfred Jarry); The Dead Man (Georges Bataille); Poems & Fragments (Alcaeus), as well as significant works by Guillaume Apollinaire, Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud, Andre Breton, Paul Celan, Paul Éluard, Maurice Heine, Pierre Louÿs, Arthur Rimbaud, Maurice Rollinat, the Marquis de Sade and Tarjei Vesaas.

As a poet and novelist, R J Dent is the author of a poetry collection, Moonstone Silhouettes; a novel, Myth, and a short story collection, Gothiques and Fantastiques.

Authors that have influenced R J Dent include Jeremy Reed, Pascale Petit, Stephen Barber and Philippe Djian.