Michael Coady was born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, where he still lives and has worked as a writer, teacher and musician. Elected to Aosdána in 1998, literary awards and distinctions conferred on him include Listowel Witers’ Week and RTÉ short story prizes, the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award (1979) and the 2004 O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award of the University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota.
He has traveled to Newfoundland and the USA, given readings at home and abroad, and broadcast on radio and television. His Gallery Press publications include Two for a Woman, Three for a Man (1980) and Oven Lane (1987, 92, 2001).
With All Souls (1997, 2001) and One Another (2003) he broke new ground by creatively integrating poetry, prose and his own photographs. He has published a personal memoir of Clare traditional musicians Packie and Micho Russell, and an illustrated miscellany of short prose work (Full Tide, Relay Books, 1999).
His writing is principally concerned with time and mutability, finding its motifs of individual destiny, community, mortality and memory in an intimately-known anchorage of place. His work has also incorporated significant and critically-admired memoir concerning the Irish diaspora and family displacement in America.