Alice Lyons was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1960 and grew up in its suburbs.
Her year-long public art project in the community of Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim is documented in the book Staircase Poems (Carrick-on-Shannon, The Dock, 2006). She is also author of speck: poems 2002-2009 (Belfast, Lapwing, 2015).
She is the recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary, and grants in literature and film from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Lyons often collaborates with artists and film makers on interdisciplinary and public art projects that explore poetry and its publication in new contexts and media. She has
written and co-directed poetry films with animator/fine artist Orla McHardy, including The Polish Language (2009), which was nominated for an IFTA.
She has earned degrees in European history, sociolinguistics, and fine art from Connecticut College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University. She served on the faculty at Maine College of Art in Portland for a number of years before moving, in 1998, to Cootehall, County Roscommon.
She holds a PhD from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast. Lyons is curator of Poetry Now at the Mountains to Sea Book Festival. She is a 2015/16 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University.
Lyons lives in Sligo, where she works as a writer, teacher and curator.
Alice Lyons’ Website