John Jordan was born in Dublin in 1930.
His poetry collections are Patrician Stations (Dublin, New Writers Press, 1971); A Raft from Flotsam (Dublin, The Gallery Press, 1975); Blood and Stations ([verse and autobiographical prose] The Gallery Press, 1976); With Whom Did I Share the Crystal (Meath, St Beuno’s, 1980); Collected Poems ([ed. with preface and notes by Hugh McFadden, with an introduction by MacDara Woods] Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1990); and Selected Poems, edited with an Introduction by Hugh McFadden (Dedalus Press, 2008).
His short stories are collected in Yarns (Dublin, Poolbeg, 1977), and the posthumous Collected Stories, edited by Hugh McFadden (Poolbeg, 1991).
Also a celebrated poetry and theatre critic, academic and broadcaster, he edited The Pleasures of Gaelic Literature (RTÉ/Cork, Mercier Press, 1977), and his essay on the Gaelic poet Aogán Ó Rathaille is included in The Pleasures of Gaelic Poetry (London, Allen Lane/Penguin Books, 1982).
His collected prose is published as Crystal Clear : The Collected Prose of John Jordan (edited with an introduction by Hugh McFadden, Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2006).
A member of Aosdána, he died accidentally in Wales in 1988.
Hugh McFadden is his literary executor.
John Jordan at The Lilliput Press