Joseph Woods, poet, writer and former director of Poetry Ireland. He has published four books of poetry including the critically acclaimed Monsoon Diary, Dedalus Press 2018, and his fifth collection is forthcoming. He has edited and co-edited numerous books and anthologies, most recently Romance Options: Love Poems for Today, Dedalus Press 2022, with Leeanne Quinn. In summer 2021, Woods returned to Ireland with his family after almost a decade in Burma and Zimbabwe. He now teaches and is a PhD candidate at the University of Limerick. A former winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for his subsequent first book, Sailing to Hokkaido, Worple Press 2001, he was twice a recipient of the Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship and Literature Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland.