Kevin Kiely was born in Co Down in 1953.
His novels include Quintesse (Dublin, Co-Op Books, 1982/New York St Martin’s Press, 1985); and Mere Mortals (Dublin, Poolbeg Press, 1989).
His poems are collected in the sequence Plainchant for a Sundering (Belfast, Lapwing Press, 2001); and Breakfast with Sylvia (Co Down, Lapwing Press, 2005).
He has completed an authorised biography of Francis Stuart, and has written plays for radio including Multiple Indiscretions (RTÉ 1997); and Children of No Importance (RTÉ 2000).
He has published a series of novels for young people including A Horse Called El Dorado (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 2005); and SOS Lusitania (O’Brien Press, 2013).
His awards include six Literary Bursaries from The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Éalíon, and he was an Honorary Fellow-in-Writing at the University of Iowa from the International Writing Programme with Gary Snyder, Galway Kinell, Marvin Bell and Paul Engle.
Awarded Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship 2006 in Poetry, He has been editor of New Writing at Books Ireland, and has been a Fulbright Scholar in Residence Boise State University, Idaho, 2007-2008.
Most recently he has been Professor of Irish Literature, University of Idaho (Moscow), USA 2008-2009.
He lives in Dublin.
Kevin Kiely’s website
Kevin Kiely at The National Library of Ireland