Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin was born in Cork in 1942.
Her poetry collections are Acts and Monuments (Dublin, The Gallery Press, 1972); Site of Ambush (The Gallery Press, 1975); Cork (The Gallery Press, 1977); The Second Voyage (The Gallery Press, 1977, revised edition 1986/Mass. Wake Forest University Press, 1991); The Rose Geranium (The Gallery Press, 1981 – includes a revised version of Cork); The Magdalene Sermon (Dublin, The Gallery Press, 1989/Wake Forest, 1990); The Brazen Serpent (The Gallery Press, 1994/ Wake Forest,1995); The Girl Who Married the Reindeer (The Gallery Press, 2001/Wake Forest, 2002); Selected Poems (London, Faber and Faber/The Gallery Press, 2008); The Sun-fish (The Gallery Press, 2009/Wake Forest University Press, 2010), for which she was awarded the International Griffin Poetry Prize, 2010; and The Boys of Bluehill (The Gallery Press, 2015).
Her books have previously been published in the UK by Bloodaxe of Tarset, Northumberland.
She has published or co-published books of poetry translated from Irish, Italian and Romanian, most recently Legend of the Walled-Up Wife, translations from the Romanian Illeana Malancioiu (The Gallery Press, 2011).
She won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Acts and Monuments in 1973, and The Magdalene Sermon was short-listed for The Irish Times-Aer Lingus Award in 1990, and was nominated for the European Literature Prize in 1992. The Irish-American Cultural Institute awarded her the O’Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry in 1992.
With her husband the poet MacDara Woods, she is one of the continuing editors of the long-running literary journal Cyphers, which they founded along with poets Leland Bardwell and the late Pearse Hutchinson.
She is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Dublin.
Poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin reads from The Sun-fish
Griffin Poetry Prize