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I'm a poet and translator, writing in English.​  

I've published three books with The Gallery Press, two full-length poetry collections, The Time Being (2021) and Long Distance (2024), and a translation of an eighteenth century Irish poem, The Lament for Art O'Leary (2023).

Two handmade books have also appeared from The Savage Press: Haiku na Feirme (2021), a sequence of  20 haikus, and a book of poems about the night called Darklight (2019). A pamphlet, First Cut was published in 2017 by Southword Editions.

I won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize for 2014, The Atlantic Currents Prize in 2021 and in 2022 The Time Being was one of six books shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize for best first poetry collection published in the UK and Ireland.

I've worked from 1995 to 2022 as the University Librarian at University College Cork (UCC).

 

Based at various times in Dublin, London and Florence, I now live with my family on a farm in County Cork.

I'm currently an Adjunct Professor at the School off English in UCC where I run a 12-week poetry workshop as part of the Masters in Creative Writing programme.

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John FitzGerald started to write poetry in 2012 while in his late forties. He attended a number of poetry workshops at the time, led by poets Gerard Dawe, Jane Hirshfield, Thomas McCarthy, and Matthew Sweeney, and credits these as guiding him in his early practice. While still unpublished, he won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize for 2014. Soon after, his first appearance in print came in the New Irish Writing Page of the Irish Times, edited by Ciaran Carty, for which he was shortlisted for a 2015 Hennessy New Irish Writing Award in the Emerging Poetry category. Since then, his poems have appeared widely in journals, newspapers, and anthologies. A pamphlet, First Cut was published in 2017 by Southword Editions, in their New Irish Voices Series. In 2019, he was invited by the Salvage Press, Dublin, to collaborate with the Irish artist Dorothy Cross on a limited-edition handmade book of his poems about the night called Darklight. His poem Valley Bachelors was selected by the Government of Ireland to feature in the London Underground for St Patrick’s Day 2018. His first full-length collection, entitled The Time Being, was published in June 2021 by The Gallery Press, marking his formal debut to Irish and international poetry. John has worked since 1995 as the University Librarian at University College Cork, where he also studied English as an undergraduate in the late seventies and early eighties under the influence of poet-professors John Montague and Sean Lucey. He has lived at various times in Dublin, London, and Florence. He lives with his family on a farm in County Cork.

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Mrs Sabina Higgins, President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, John FitzGerald, and Brian Lynch at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, September 2014
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