Maurice Riordan was born in Lisgoold, County Cork, in 1953, and is a teacher, poet and editor. He is the author of A Word from the Loki (Faber, 1995), Floods (2000) and The Holy Land (2007). A Word from the Loki was a Poetry Book Society choice and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and Floods was shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread Poetry Award.
He has also edited the anthology A Quark for Mister Mark: 101 Poems about Science (2000) with science journalist Jon Turney. Wild Reckoning (2004), edited with John Burnside, is an anthology of ecological poems to mark the fortieth anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. He has most recently edited, with Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Dark Matter: Poems of Space (2008).
His Confidential Reports, translations of the Maltese poet Immanuel Mifsud, was published in 2005.Â The Moon Has Written You a Poem, a collection for children adapted from the Portuguese of JosÃ© Letria, was also published in 2005.
In 2004 he was selected as one of the Poetry Society’s ‘Next Generation’ poets. Riordan is the former Poetry Editor at Poetry London, and teaches creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University.
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