Moya Cannon - Poet

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Moya Cannon is an Irish poet with five published collections, the most recent being Keats Lives (Carcanet Press, Manchester).  The mountains, the sea and our primal and enduring responses to the beauty of the endangered earth are the inspiration for many of her poems.  Archaeology and geology figure too as gateways to deeper understanding of our mysterious relationship with the natural world and our past.

Music, particularly traditional Irish music, has always been a deep interest and is a constant theme. She has given many readings with musicians and singers, among them the harper Kathleen Loughnane, the traditional singers Maıghréad and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaıll and the RTE Con Tempo String Quartet.

Moya has been invited to read in Ireland, Europe, in the Americas, North and South, in Japan and India. Bilingual selections of her work have been published in Spanish, Portuguese and German. She has been honoured with the Brendan Behan Award and the O’Shaughnessy Award and she was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2011.  She has been editor of Poetry Ireland Review and is a member of Aosdána.

Her latest publications are Keats Lives, (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2015), and Aves de Invierno, bi-lingual selected poems Spanish/English, translations by Jorge Fondebrider, (Editorial Pre-Textos, Valencia, 2016).

She has published four previous collections of poetry, Hands (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2011), (nominated for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award, 2011); Carrying the Songs, New and Selected poems, (Carcanet Press 2007); The Parchment Boat (Gallery Press, 1997) and Oar, (Salmon Press, Galway,1990; Poolbeg Press, Dublin, 1994; Gallery Press, Meath, 2000).

A Limited edition art book, Winter Birds was published by Traffic Street Press, 2005, in association with the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.


Cover of Keats Lives Keats Lives (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2015)
Hands (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2011)
Carrying the Songs (Carcanet Press, Manchester, 2007)
cover of Winter Birds Winter Birds (limited edition, Traffic Street Press, in association with the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 2005).
Cover of Parchment Boat The Parchment Boat (Gallery Press, Co Meath, 1997).
Cover of Oar Oar, Salmon Publishing, Galway, 1990.(Second edition, Poolbeg Press, Dublin, 1994; Third Edition, Gallery Press, Co. Meath, 2000).
Cover Oar