Paula Meehan was born in Dublin where she still lives. Besides seven award-winning poetry collections she has also written plays for both adults and children. She has conducted residencies in universities, in prisons, in the wider community, and her poems and plays have been translated into many languages, including Irish. She has collaborated with musicians, visual artists and dancers, most recently with artist Dragana Jurišić in a book of photographs and poems responding to No 14 Henrietta Street: Dublin Tenement Museum.
Poetry collections include Dharmakaya and Painting Rain, from Carcanet Press, Manchester and from Wake Forest University Press, North Carolina. Music for Dogs: Works for Radio, is available from Dedalus Press, Dublin, who have also reissued Mysteries of the Home, a selection of seminal work from the 1980s and 1990s. Geomantic, her most recent work from Dedalus Press received a Cholmondelay Award for Poetry.
Other awards include The Butler Award of the Irish American Cultural Institute, The Laurence O’Shaughnessy Award, Denis Devlin Award, Marten Toonder Award.
From 2013 to 2016 she was Ireland Professor of Poetry and her lectures from the Chair, Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, is published by UCD Press.
A collection of critical essays on her poetry and plays was published by the U.S. journal An Sionnach. It can be accessed here at Project Muse: