Justin Quinn was born in Dublin in 1968 and educated at Trinity College. He teaches at the University of Western Bohemia and the Charles University in the Czech Republic.
He has written two critical monographs on American poetry, and his most recent book of criticism is the Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry (2008). He also translates Czech poetry and From the Interior: Selected Poems 1995-2005 by Petr Borkovec appeared from Seren in 2008. Early collections of poetry are The ‘O’o’a’a’ Bird (1995) and Privacy (1999), both from Carcanet.
He was a founding editor of the poetry journal Metre and has published two critical studies, Gathered Beneath the Storm: Wallace Stevens, Nature and Community, and American Errancy: Empire, Sublimity and Modern Poetry.
His poetry has appeared in the Yale Review, TLS, Poetry Review, Irish Times, New Yorker, Poetry Ireland Review, Souvislosti, The Literateur, Body and the Irish Review among others. Tomáš Fürstenzeller translated his poetry into Czech (Vlny a stromy; Opus, 2009). His novel, Mount Merrion, was published in September 2013.
He has published four collections with The Gallery Press, Fuselage (2002), Waves and Trees (2006), Close Quarters (2011) and Early House (2015). At present he is working on translations of the Czech poet Bohuslav Reynek, and writing a critical book on transnational poetry.
Quinn is one of the few contemporary poets whose command of cadence and rhyme issues in forms that go beyond mechanical formalism; the result is memorable poetry of sustained lyrical power.’
— Peter McDonald, TLS, Books of the Year
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