I was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. I've published two collections with the Dedalus Press, Complicated Pleasures in 2007 and The Architect's Dream of Winter in 2013. I live in Cork where I co-run an educational publishing company.

The Architect's Dream of Winter was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. I was awarded the Chair of Ireland Bursary for 2013 and a Poetry Ireland Writer in Residency Bursary in 2015. I've been shortlisted for several other prizes.

My recent work has appeared in Poetry London, Poetry Review, Poetry, Magma, Poetry Ireland Review and elsewhere.


I've been invited to read my work at many festivals and literary events around the world, including Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, Poetry Africa in Durban, the Ledbury Poetry Festival in England, Litquake in San Francisco and the Shanghai International Literary Festival.

  Other Writing

I've published articles and reviews in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Poetry Ireland, Poetry International and elsewhere.

My translations from the Irish language have appeared in Poetry, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Fusion, Transcript, The Penny Dreadful and Poetry International and are forthcoming in Leabhar na hAthgabhála / Poems of Repossession from Bloodaxe Books.

  Editing Etc

Between 2011 and 2015 I edited the Irish section of the Poetry International website. I was guest poetry editor of The Stinging Fly for its October 2015 edition. In 2013 I judged the Shine Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish poet.

I'm currently working with Graham Allen on an as-yet-untitled project inspired by Cork's infamous Elysian Tower.


From time to time I teach and give workshops. I'm a member of faculty at Sierra Nevada College's Low Residency MFA Program, where in 2014 I conceived, lead and facilitated a week-long workshop and also participated in readings, panels and discussions.

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