Contemporary Irish Poetry Featured Writer: Jessica Traynor

Three Poems              Contemporary Irish Poetry Index

Jessica Traynor’s debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press), was nominated for the 2015 Strong/Shine Award. In 2016, she was commissioned by the Arts Council and the Irish Writers Centre to write a poem for the Easter Rising commemorations. A new commission, a sequence of poems in response to Swift’s A Modest Proposal, is forthcoming from The Salvage Press in 2017. She was recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2014, was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2013 and won the Listowel Poetry Prize in 2011. She reviews regularly on the radio for RTÉ’s flagship arts program Arena.

Jessica Traynor’s website




Jessica Traynor reads her poem “Liffey Swim”, in the UCD Library Special Collections Reading Room

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