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“As an avid reader of Irish Literature, I found David McLoghlin’s work… to be fresh and unexpected, yet still worthy of inclusion in the great canon of poetry that is produced by his nation.”

-Mark Shaw, Managing Editor, Natural Bridge

"Its own heroic achievement."

-Billy Collins




-Moya Cannon and Theo Dorgan, The Patrick Kavanagh Awards, 2008


"David McLoghlin's debut collection Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems proves strong on first reading and grows richer... with each subsequent rereading. ...the poems are rhetorically baroque, inward-looking, and taut with imagery, and his complex metaphors unfold, slow and origami-like, often across multiple stanzas. ...This is a necessary book, one well worth reading and returning to."


-Eric Bliman, Birmingham Poetry Review, Spring 2014, number 41.




David McLoghlin is an Irish poet and literary translator, and the author of Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2012), part of which was awarded second prize in The Patrick Kavanagh Awards. David’s second collection, Santiago Sketches, was published by Salmon Poetry on 25th July, 2017. Sign Tongue, his rendering of the work of Chilean poet Enrique Winter, won the 2014 Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation prize. David is also a contributor to Suns, a pamphlet / chapbook of translations of Winter's poems (Cardboard House Press, 2017), and the author of The Magic Door, an early chapbook (Blue Canary Press, Milwaukee, 1993). David received first-class honours from University College, Dublin for his research MA in modern Spanish literature, and holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where he was a Teaching Fellow. He received a major Literature Bursary from The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon in 2006, and was the Howard Nemerov Scholar at the 2011 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. In 2015 he was a prize-winning finalist for the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize (now The Moth International Poetry Prize), judged by Billy Collins. His writing has been broadcast on WNYC’s Radiolab, and published in journals like Poetry Ireland ReviewBarrow StreetThe Stinging FlyCimarron ReviewThe Moth magazineHayden's Ferry Review and The Shop. He has taught at Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, St. Peter's University, University College, Dublin, New York University, and Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital. where he was a Teaching Fellow, and served as Resident Writer at Hunts Point Alliance for Children in the South Bronx, where he led workshops. He was an International Editor of Washington Square review and a Co-Editor of (e)L Paper magazine, a bilingual journal of the arts based in Santiago de Chile and Queens, NY. David lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY, where in June 2016 they ended a three-year run as the founders and hosts of The Eagle and the Wren reading series, where they hosted almost 150 writers, pairing Pulitzer-Prize winners and Guggenheim Fellows with exciting emerging writers and poets.