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Ms Vona Groarke - personal details

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Role: Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing




Vona Groarke joined the Creative Writing team in September 2007. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and University College, Cork, she has previously worked in the UK, the United States and Norway. In 2004, she co-held the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University, and from 2005-2007, she was poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Her poetry collections 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), and Spindrift (2009), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She publishes with the Gallery Press, and in the U.S., with  Wake Forest University Press. Her publications typically receive reviews in the TLS, Poetry Review, PN Review and The Irish Times.

In 2003, she edited a new edition of Oliver Goldsmith's The Deserted Village,  illustrated by Blaise Drummond, and in April 2008, her version of the classic eighteenth century Irish poem, Lament for Art O'Leary, was published, with an extensive Introductory Essay.


Her poems have been translated into seven languages, including French, Spanish, Chinese, Portugese and Japanese. A Czech translation and a Romanian translation of Flight were published by Edice Opus and by Ars Longa Press, respectively.  A Czech translation of Spindrift is forthcoming in 2012.

Recent magazine publications include the Antioch Review, Arete, The Irish Times, P.N. Review, Poetry, Poetry Review, The Guardian, TLS and Yale Review. She has also published a number of prose essays in The Dublin Review on issues as varied as the three film versions of King Kong, the war in Iraq, life in the American South and Irish tenor, John McCormack.


Her poetry has been recently anthologised in An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry (Belknap, Harvard University Press, 2010) and in Identity Parade (Bloodaxe, 2010). In 2010, she was elected to Aosdana, Ireland's Academy of the Arts, established to hounour 'outstanding contributions to the arts in Ireland'.

In 2010, she was judge of the Manchester Cathedral International Poetry Prize.

Recent readings include Boston University, the Irish Arts Centre in Manhattan, Montclair State University in New Jersey and the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris.

Her sixth collection, X, is scheduled for publication in 2014.