Vona Groarke was born in the Irish Midlands in 1964. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and University College, Cork, she has worked in the U.K., the United States, and Norway. She co-held the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University, and during the academic years 2005-06 and 2006-07, taught in the English Department at Wake Forest University. She now teaches at University of Manchester in England.
Her poetry collections include Shale (1994), Other People's Houses (1999) and Flight (2002), shortlisted for the Forward Prize (UK) in 2002 and winner of the Michael Hartnett Award in 2003. She is published in Ireland by Gallery Press. In 2004, Wake Forest published Flight and Earlier Poems, and in 2006, Juniper Street. Her newest volume, Spindrift, will be published in autumn 2010.
Poetry Prizes include the Hennessy Award, the Brendan Behan Memorial Prize, Strokestown International Poetry Award, the Stand Magazine Poetry Prize, and runner-up in the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition (2003).
She lives in Manchester, England, with her two children Tommy and Eve.