“Martin Dyar is a poet writing close to the bones and stones of a real Ireland.”
– Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Author photo by Ger Holland.
Originally from Swinford in County Mayo, poet Martin Dyar is the author of the Pigott Prize shortlisted poetry collection Maiden Names (Arlen House, 2011) and The Meek (WFU Press, 2024). In 2022, he edited the anthology Vital Signs: Poems of Illness and Healing (Poetry Ireland), and in 2023, he was named curator of the Listowel Writers Week Festival. He has also written a play, Tom Loves a Lord, about the Irish poet Thomas Moore; and, with the composer Ryan Molloy, a poetry song cycle, Buaine na Gaoithe (a suite for soprano, harp and flute), which had an Irish national tour in 2018.
Martin won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009 and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. His poem “Death and the Post Office” has been added to the Leaving Cert Prescribed Poetry syllabus. He has held fellowships at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Iowa, the Washington Ireland Program, and at the University of Limerick, where he has taught in the MA in Creative Writing. He has a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, where he lectures in Medical Humanities in the School of Medicine.