Ciaran Berry (Ireland/USA) read at the 2104 John Hewitt International Summer School, alongside Peter Fallon.
Ciaran was born in Dublin and grew up in Galway and Donegal. He obtained a BA from the University Ulster before moving to America, where he gained an MFA from New York University and was awarded a New York Times Fellowship. He now lives in Hartford Connecticut, where he teaches at Trinity College.
He is published by Gallery Press and his debut, Sphere of Birds (2008), won the Crab Orchard Series Award of Southern Illinois University Press, the 2008 Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize and the inaugural Michael Murphy Memorial Award, 2011. In 2012 he received a Whiting Writers’ Award for poetry. His second collection, The Dead Zoo, was published in 2013 and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His third collection, Liner Notes, was published in October 2018 and further cemented his reputation as one of the most gifted poets of his generation.
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