Thomas Lynch is an essayist, poet and director of Lynch & Sons funeral home in Milford, Michigan, where he was born in 1948.
His poetry collections are Skating With Heather Grace (New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1987); Grimalkin & Other Poems (London, Jonathan Cape, 1994); Still Life in Milford (Jonathan Cape, 1998/New York, W. W. Norton, 1999); Walking Papers (Jonathan Cape/Norton, 2010); and The Sin-eater, A Breviary (Brewster, Mass., Paraclete Press, 2011/Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2012), with photographs by Michael Lynch.
His books of essays are The Undertaking Life Studies from The Dismal Trade (Jonathan Cape/New York, WW.Norton, 1997); Bodies in Motion and at Rest (WW Norton/Jonathan Cape, 2000); and Booking Passage (Jonathan Cape/WW Norton, 2005).
There have been two documentary films made on his life and work, including The Undertaking, directed by Cathal Black and written by Cathal Black and Philip Davison.
He lives and writes in Michigan, and in West Clare, where he keeps an ancestral cottage.
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