Vona Groarke

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Vona Groarke is an Irish poet. Groarke was born in Mostrim in the Irish midlands in 1964,[1] and attended Trinity College, Dublin, and University College, Cork.[2]

She has published five collections of poetry with the Gallery Press (and by Wake Forest University Press in the United States): Shale (1994), Other People's Houses (1999), Flight (2002), Juniper Street (2006) and Spindrift (2009).[3] She is also the author of a translation of the eighteenth-century Irish poem, Lament for Art O'Leary (Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire) (Gallery Books, 2008).[4]

Her work has been recognized with awards including the Brendan Behan Memorial Award,[5] the Hennessy Award,[5] the Michael Hartnett Award,[2] the Forward Prize,[2] and the Strokestown International Poetry Award.[5] Her 2009 volume Spindrift has been nominated for the 2010 Irish Times Poetry Now Award.[3]

She has been a co-holder of the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University and has taught at Wake Forest University in North Carolina; she now teaches at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester,[2] and in 2010 was elected a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of the arts.


  • 1994: Shale, The Gallery Press, Oldcastle
  • 1999: Other People’s Houses, The Gallery Press, Oldcastle
  • 2002: Flight, The Gallery Press, Oldcastle
  • 2004: Flight and Earlier Poems, Wake Forest University Press, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
  • 2006: Juniper Street, The Gallery Press, Oldcastle; Wake Forest University Press, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 2009: Spindrift, The Gallery Press, Oldcastle; Wake Forest University Press, Winston-Salem, NC,2010
  • 2014: X, The Gallery Press, Oldcastle


  1. ^ Bourke, Angela (2002). The Field day anthology of Irish writing. NYU Press. p. 1404. ISBN 0-8147-9907-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Vona Groarke". University of Manchester. 
  3. ^ a b "Poetry award shortlist announced". The Irish Times. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Publications: Vona Groarke". University of Manchester official website. 

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