Her poems have won many prizes. To date she has won the Hennessy Prize, the Michael Hartnett Award, the Friends Provident National Poetry Prize, the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Scholarships and residencies have taken her around the world to countries including Australia, France and China.
The Gallery Press has published A Furious Place (1996), Cry for the Hot Belly (2000), The Sky Didn’t Fall (2003), The Silence Came Close (2006), Only This Room (2009) Selected Poems (2011) and The Ash and the Oak and the Wild Cherry Tree (2012). Her first novel, Hannie Bennet’s Winter Marriage appeared in 2000; another, The Bird Woman was published in 2006.