About Rita Ann Higgins

Rita Ann Higgins was born and lives in Galway.

Pathogens Love a Patsy (Pandemic and other Poems) is her eleventh book of poetry. Our Killer City in 2019 (essays and poems) and a memoir, Hurting God in 2010, are all published by Salmon. In 2020, Rita Ann became the Poet Laureate of The Brendan O’Connor Show on RTE Radio 1. Bloodaxe Books published several of her collections including; Throw in the Vowels, New and Selected poems, 2005. Ireland is Changing Mother (2011/14) and Tongulish in 2016. Next year, Bloodaxe will publish her Collected Poems to celebrate her 70th birthday.  She has also written plays and screenplays.

In 2021, Rita Ann received The Living Poets Society Award. She was shortlisted for The Ireland Professor of Poetry in 2022 and she is a member of Aosdána.

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