I am a poet and writer, and I edit the poetry journal The Yellow Nib along with Frank Ormsby. I have written three collections of poems: These Days (Jonathan Cape 2004), Drives (Cape 2008) and Profit and Loss (Cape 2011). These Days won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and lead to me being selected one of 20 ‘Next Generation’ Poets by the Poetry Book Society; Profit and Loss was Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and nominated for the T.S. Eliot Prize. I have also won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, a major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council N.I., and the 17th Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Prize for Irish Poetry.
I’ve also written a book and several essays about reading the poetry of Medbh McGuckian. The essays are published in, among others, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (2012) and The Poetry of Medbh McGuckian: The interior of Words ed. Richard Kirkland and Shane Alcobia-Murphy (Cork University Press, 2010). The book, based on an earlier Ph.D. thesis, is published by Irish Academic Press in 2013.
Critically, I’m interested in feminist and post-structuralist theory, and contemporary and modern poetry, but I’ve written non-academic essays and reviews, some of which are available at www.leontiaflynn.com. I am currently working on translations and a verse drama, and on some short essays about poetry.
Contact: +44 (0)28 90973795
These Days (Jonathan Cape, 2004)
Drives (Jonathan Cape, 2008)
Profit and Loss (Jonathan Cape, 2011