John McAuliffe was born in 1973 and grew up in Listowel, County Kerry. He studied English Literature in Galway, before moving, in 2002, to the UK where he still lives.
He has published six collections with The Gallery Press. His first, A Better Life (2002), was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. His second collection Next Door was published in 2007, Of All Places (a Poetry Book Society Recommendation) in 2011 and The Way In (2015). His fifth collection, The Kabul Olympics, was published in April 2020 and was an Observer Poetry Book of the Month. John McAuliffe’s Selected Poems was published in October 2021.
He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing and Associate Publisher at Carcanet Press. He co-edits PN Review and The Manchester Review, as well as writing for other publications, and he previously worked as chief poetry critic at the Irish Times and as Deputy Chair of the Irish Arts Council.
John has read and taught at many festivals and universities around Ireland, the UK and the US, where he was Visiting Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2010.