Born in Dublin, John Jordan studied at the National University of Ireland, and Oxford University, England. He lectured in English at UCD from 1955-69.
His poetry and short stories have been published in various journals. He also translated poetry and prose from Irish, and edited Poetry Ireland and Poetry Ireland Review. His main poetry collections are Patrician Stations (1971); A Raft from Flotsam (1975); Blood and Stations: verse and autobiographical prose (1976), and With Whom Did I Share the Crystal? (1980).
His collection of short stories, Yarns, was published in 1977; uncollected stories appeared in Penquin Book of Irish Short Stories, Cyphers, and the Irish Press, among other places. He edited The Pleasures of Gaelic Literature (1977), and his translation of one of Aogán Ó Rathaille’s essays was published in The Pleasures of Gaelic Poetry (1982).