Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Born in Lancastershire, England, in 1952, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill grew up in the Irish-speaking areas of West Kerry and Tipperary. She studied at University College, Cork, where she has subsequently taught. She has held the Burns Chair of Irish Studies at Boston College and the Humboldt Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University. She was the contemporary poetry editor of the fourth volume of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing. She lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.
She has won numerous international awards for works that have been translated into many languages. In 1991, she received the prestigious American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She is one of the few women Irish poets who write exclusively in Irish and has been a major influence in revitalizing the Irish language in modern poetry. In her work, she skillfully negotiates between the older forms, fables, and idioms of Ireland and the commodity culture, depth-psychology, and Eurospeak of a modern world.
She has published four collections of poems in Irish, An Dealg Droighin (1981) and Féar Suaithinseach (1984) Feis (1991), Cead Aighnis (1998). All four collections in Irish have won the Seán Ó Ríordáin Award. Selected Poems/Rogha Dánta with translations by Michael Hartnett was published in 1986.
Wake Forest Press published Pharaoh's Daughter, a bilingual book of new and selected poems with translations into English by thirteen Irish poets, along with The Astrakhan Cloak, a selection of poems from Feis, with translations by Paul Muldoon. Her work has been anthologized in numerous collections, including The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women's Poetry, 1967-2000. In 2000, Wake Forest published The Water Horse, a bilingual edition from Cead Aighnis, with translations by Medbh McGuckian and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.