John McAuliffe was born in 1973 and grew up in Listowel, County Kerry. He was educated at universities in Galway, Southern Illinois, and Dublin. In 2000 he won the RTE Poet of the Future Award and, in 2002, the Sean Dunne National Poetry Award. He ran the Poetry Now Festival in Dun Laoghaire and established the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award for best collection.
He now lives in Manchester, where he co-directs the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing and edits The Manchester Review and the poetry digest The Page and is the chief poetry critic at the Irish Times.
He regularly writes about contemporary poetry and has read and taught at many festivals and universities around Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere. He is also a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation and The Poetry School and was Visiting Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2010.
He has published three collections with The Gallery Press. His first, A Better Life (2002), was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. His second collection Next Door was published in 2007, Of All Places (a Poetry Book Society Recommendation) in 2011 and The Way In in May 2015.