was born in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, Ireland in 1954. He was educated at University College Cork. He is the winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, 1977, Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, 1980, and O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize, 1991. He was a fellow at the International Writing Programme, University of Iowa, 1978 –1979. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and guest editor of The Stony Thursday Book, he has directed writing workshops at Listowel Writers’ Week, Arvon Foundation, and Molly Keane House. His most recent books are, The Last Geraldine Officer, (2009) and Pandemonium, (May 2015). He is a member of Aosdána.