Doireann Ni Ghriofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa was born in Galway in 1981, but grew up in County Clare. She now lives in County Cork.

Ní Ghríofa has published widely in literary magazines in Ireland and abroad, such as Poetry, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Prairie Schooner, and The Stinging Fly. In 2012 her poem “Fáinleoga” won the Wigtown Award for poetry written in Scottish Gaelic. Ní Ghríofa was selected for the prestigious Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award 2014 – 2015.

In 2016 her book Clasp was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award, the national poetry prize of Ireland and was awarded the Michael Hartnett Award. She was also awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2016.

A trilingual collaborative pamphlet written with Choctaw poet LeAnne Howe appeared in 2017.

 In 2018, Ní Ghríofa received the Premio Ostana literary award (Italy) and was chosen as a Seamus Heaney Centre Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast.

Ní Ghríofa collaborated with the artist Alice Maher on the limited edition book Nine Silences published by Salvage Press in 2018.

She is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award Fellowship.

Books in order of publication:

Poetry collections

  • Résheoid (Coiscéim, 2011)
  • Dúlasair (Coiscéim, 2012)
  • Dordéan, do Chroí / A Hummingbird, your Heart (Smithereens Press, 2014)
  • Clasp (Dedalus Press, 2015;
  • Oighear (Coiscéim, 2017)
  • Lies (Dedalus Press, 2018;
  • Singing, Still – A Libretto for the 1847 Choctaw Gift to the Irish for Famine Relief


  • A Ghost in the Throat (Tramp Press), 2020
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