Harry Clifton

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Harry Clifton (born 1952) is an Irish poet. He was born in Dublin, but has lived in Africa and Asia, as well as more recently in continental Europe. He has published five collections of poems in Ireland and the United Kingdom, including The Liberal Cage (1988) and The Desert Route: Selected Poems 1973–1988 (1992).[1][not in citation given]

Wake Forest University Press, Clifton's publisher in North America, published his newest volume, Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004, in 2007, which won the 2008 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. His poems have been translated into several European languages, and Le Canto d'Ulysse, his selected poems in French, was published in 1996. Among many awards, he has received the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, two Arts Council Bursaries in Literature, and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, the top poetry prize in Ireland.[1][not in citation given]

Clifton was an International Fellow at the University of Iowa, has represented Ireland at the Iowa International Writers' Program, and has been Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place in New Hampshire. He returned to Ireland in 2004, and now teaches at University College Dublin. He is a member of Aosdána.[1][not in citation given]

On June 30, 2010, Clifton was named as the Ireland Professor of Poetry for a three-year tenure.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Wake Forest University Press". Wfu.edu. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  2. ^ Ireland Professor of Poetry named (The Irish Times)

External links

  • Wake Forest University Press North American publisher of Clifton
  • Harry Clifton Poems in Qualm
  • Recent Harry Clifton Poems in Qualm
  • http://www.irishwriters-online.com/harryclifton.html
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