was born 1953 and is an Irish poet, writer, lecturer, translator, librettist, and documentary screenwriter living in Dublin with his partner, the poet and playwright Paula Meehan. He completed a BA in English and Philosophy and a MA in English at University College Cork. He was visiting faculty at University of Southern Maine. After his first two collections, The Ordinary House of Love and Rosa Mundi, went out of print, Dedalus Press reissued these two titles in a single volume What This Earth Cost Us. A former Director of Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann, he has worked extensively as a broadcaster of literary programmes on both radio and television. Among his awards are the Listowel Prize for Poetry, 1992 and the O’Shaughnessy Prize for Irish Poetry, 2010. He is a member of Aosdána.