Joseph Woods

Joseph Woods

JOSEPH WOODS was born in Drogheda in 1966. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Limerick, where he teaches at the University of Limerick and pursues a PhD on the work of Burmese chronicler, Maurice Collis. He is Director of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival.

Woods’ peregrinations have involved extensive travels in Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa; he has lived in Japan, and, for almost a decade, in Burma and Zimbabwe. After initial studies in biology and chemistry, Woods eventually took an MA in Poetry and subsequently became Poetry Ireland’s longest-serving director until 2013. His first collection, Sailing to Hokkaido (Worple Press, 2001) was awarded the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and Bearings (Worple Press, 2005) followed. Dedalus Press reissued Woods’ first two poetry collections in one volume entitled, Cargo (2010), and have published his poetry since. Woods’ third collection Ocean Letters (Dedalus Press, 2011) when translated into Hungarian by Tomas Kabdebó, was awarded the Irodalmi Jelen Prize in 2013. His critically acclaimed Monsoon Diary (Dedalus Press, 2018), was based on his experience of living in Burma. Woods has edited numerous poetry publications, including, Our Shared Japan (Dedalus Press, 2007) co-edited with Irene de Angelis; an anthology of contemporary Irish poetry concerning Japan with an accompanying essay by Seamus Heaney and more recently, Romance Options: Love Poems for Today, (Dedalus Press 2022), with Leeanne Quinn.

He is consulting editor to the literary journal Cyphers and has edited anthologies of Burmese and Zimbabwean poetry for the journal. He was twice a recipient of the Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship, and for an Arts Council of Ireland Literature BursaryIn Zimbabwe, Woods has edited and published a history of the Irish community in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe and Veld Fires, his fifth poetry collection reflects on his time in Zimbabwe.

‘Consule Silvis’ – Seamus Heaney

Author's Books

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Veld Fires
Romance Options: Love Poems for Today
Monsoon Diary
Our Shared Japan
Ocean Letters
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