Afric McGlinchey (Ireland)

Afric McGlinchey grew up in Ireland and various African countries. She has also lived in Paris, London and Spain. She obtained degrees from Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town, where she was tutored by Nobel-prize winner, JM Coetzee.

The 2010 winner of the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, McGlinchey’s work has appeared in The Shop, Southword, Moth, Poetry Ireland Review, Magma, Abridged, Tears in the Fence, Wordlegs, Acumen, The Sunday Tribune, The Irish Independent, Under the Radar, the ditch, Bare Hands, Valve Journal, New Mirage, Northern Liberties Review, Skylight Poets, Shot Glass and numerous other journals. Her work is also forthcoming in the Irish Times and The Same journal.

In 2010, McGlinchey won second prize in Chapter One Promotions Poetry Prize. A recipient of a six-month Faber Academy fellowship and a Pushcart nominee, she was also highly commended in the Magma, Joy of Sex, North West Words and Dromineer poetry competitions in 2012 and won the Northern Liberties Poetry Prize (United States) the following year.

McGlinchey is a workshop facilitator, reviews poetry for the online journal, Sabotage and occasionally reviews fiction for the Irish Examiner.

In 2012, McGlinchey’s début collection, The Lucky Star of Hidden Things, was published and has received positive reviews across various publications including Skylight 47, Southword, New Mirage, the Irish Examiner and Sidekick Books, among numerous others.

One of McGlinchey’s poems, Eighteen, has been translated into Irish by Pádraic Harvey and published in the Conradh na Gaeilge monthly magazine Feasta. McGlinchey lives in West Cork.