EUGENE O'CONNELL was born near Kiskeam in north-west Cork in 1951. A primary school teacher by profession, he taught for all of his working life in St. Patrick’s Boys School, Gardiner’s Hill in Cork City where he now lives. He has published two books of poetry, One Clear Call (Bradshaw Books, 2003) and Diviner (Three Spires Press, 2009). His translations from the Latvian of Guntar Godins, entitled Flying Blind, and from the Hungarian of Lazlo Lator, The Belling (a collaboration with three other poets), were published by Southword Editions as part of the Cork European City of Culture Translation Series. He was invited to read with the Munster Literature Centre delegation to the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010 and by Culture Ireland to celebrate ‘Imagine Ireland’, a Year of Irish Arts and Culture, in the United States in 2011. A founding editor of the Cork Literary Review, he contributes reviews and articles to a number of publications.