Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor is a poet, creative writing teacher, and dramaturg.

Her first poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was nominated for the Shine/Strong Award 2015 and in 2016 one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on Bustle.com. Her latest collection is The Quick (Dedalus Press, 2018). Her work has been translated into several languages and published in various journals and anthologies, including A Bittern Cry (Poetry Ireland), Hallelujah for Fifty Foot Women (Bloodaxe), The Deep Heart’s Core and If Ever You Go (Dedalus Press) and Windharp (Penguin).

Jessica’s awards include the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014, Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year 2013 and the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize. In 2020 she was poet in residence at Yeats Society Sligo and writer in residence at Carlow College.

In addition to her freelance work, she has worked as Literary Manager for the Abbey Theatre, reading hundreds of plays by emerging and established playwrights, and as deputy museum director at EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum. She co-edited Correspondences: an anthology to call for an end to direct provision with Stephen Rea, in aid of MASI, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland.

Jessica teaches specialist workshops on poetry and playwriting as well as general creative writing courses.