|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2008)|
Macdara Woods is married to the poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, they have an adult son, Niall, a musician. Woods currently lives in Dublin and Umbria. A founder-editor of the Irish literary magazine Cyphers, he is a member of Aosdána (an organisation established by the Irish Government to honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Arts in Ireland) since 1986.
- Poetry collections
- Decimal D. Sec Drinks In A Bar In Marrakesh (1970), New Writers’ Press
- Early Morning Matins (1973), Gallery Press
- The King of the Dead & other Libyan Tales (1978), Martin, Brian & O’Keeffe
- Stopping The Lights In Ranelagh (1987, reprinted 1988), Dedalus Press
- Miz Moon (1988), Dedalus Press
- The Hanged Man Was Not Surrendering (1990), Dedalus Press
- Notes From The Countries Of Blood-Red Flowers (1994), Dedalus Press
- Selected Poems (1996), Dedalus Press
- Knowledge in the Blood, New and Selected Poems (2000, 2007), Dedalus Press
- The Nightingale Water (2001), Dedalus Press
- Artichoke Wine (2006), Dedalus Press
- "The Cotard Dimension" (2011), Dedalus Press
- "Collected Poems" (2012), Dedalus Press
- Biglietto di Sola Andata (1998) Moby Dick Editrice, Faenza
- Above Pesaro/Con Pesaro ai Miei Piedi (1999) Volumnia Editrice, Perugia
- Edited books
- The Kilkenny Anthology (1991), Kilkenny Co Council.
- (with Jim Vaughan), Present Tense: Words and Pictures (2006), Mayo Co Council
Woods's work has been translated into many languages. He has collaborated with musicians, notably Brendan Graham (Winter Fire & Snow, performed by Anúna and others), Benjamin Dwyer (In The Ranelagh Gardens), Militia (Above Pesaro/Con Pesaro ai Miei Piedi) and Richard Hartshorne (The Cello Suites).