Mary O’Donoghue was born in 1975 and grew up in Co. Clare. Her first poetry collection Tulle was published in 2001, and her poems have appeared widely in Irish and international journals and anthologies, including The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2004). She has also collaborated with Louis de Paor on translations of his poetry. Her short stories have been published in The Dublin Review, The Recorder, AGNI, Literary Imagination, and elsewhere. Her awards include Hennessy/Sunday Tribune New Irish Writer and writer’s fellowships from Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2006 and 2012. She is an associate professor of English at Babson College, Massachusetts, and she lives in Boston. She has also published a novel, Before the House Burns, with the Lilliput Press in 2010.