Originally from Tralee, Co. Kerry, Liz Quirke lives in Spiddal, Co Galway with her wife and daughters. Salmon Poetry will publish her debut collection “The Road, Slowly” in April 2018.
Liz Quirke’s poetry has appeared in many publications, including New Irish Writing in The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Southword, Crannóg, The Stony Thursday Book, One (Jacar Press, US), The Ofi Press (Mexico) and Eyewear Publishing’s The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. Her poem “Sculpture” was included in the 2015 Poems for Patience exhibition during the Cúirt International Festival of Literature. She was the winner of the 2017 Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Short Poem Competition, the 2016 Dromineer Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition, the 2015 Poems for Patience competition and the 2012 Doneraile Literary Festival Edmund Spenser Poetry Prize. She has been listed in the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Competition and the Dermot Healy Poetry Award. She was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize in 2015 and a Hennessy Literary Award in 2016. Her poem “Directions for Use” was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2013 by The Poetry Bus. She holds degrees from University College Cork, Dublin City University and NUI Galway. She is a PhD researcher at NUI Galway and a member of the Interface Inagh Artist Residency Programme.