Vona Groarke was born in the Irish Midlands in 1964. She attended Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Cork. She has lived in Dublin, Cork and Dundalk and has been writer-in-residence at universities in Galway and Maynooth.
Her collections published by The Gallery Press include Shale (1994), Other People’s Houses (1999), Flight (2002), shortlisted for the Forward Prize (UK) in 2002 and winner of the Michael Hartnett Award in 2003, Juniper Street (2006), Spindrift (2009) and X (2014), both Poetry Book Society Recommendations and her Selected Poems (2016).
Poetry prizes include the Hennessy Award, the Brendan Behan Memorial Prize, the Michael Hartnett Award, Strokestown International Poetry Award, the Stand Magazine Poetry Prize, and runner-up in the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition (2003). She received the 2017 Hennessy Hall of Fame award for outstanding contribution to literature.
In 2008, her version of Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s eighteenth-century Irish poem was published as Lament for Art O’Leary. She has been Writer-in-Residence with the National University at Galway and at Maynooth, and was co-holder of the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University (Spring 2004).
Four Sides Full, a personal essay was published in October 2016.
She now lives in Manchester where she teaches in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.
Vona Groarke was selected as a Cullman Centre Fellow at the New York Public Library 2018/2019 and is a member of Aosdána.
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