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Joseph Woods lives in Rangoon, Burma where he works as an editor and freelance writer. Widely travelled, he lived in Japan in the early 1990s and has travelled extensively and often in Asia. A former Director of Poetry Ireland (2001–13), he has edited various publications including, with Irene de Angelis, Our Shared Japan (Dedalus Press, 2007), an anthology exploring the influence of Japanese poetry and culture in general on Irish writing.
Of his own work he has published three poetry collections, the first of which, Sailing to Hokkaido (Worple Press 2001) won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. Dedalus Press reissued his first two books (adding Bearings) in a single volume under the title Cargo (2010). His most recent collection Ocean Letters (2011) has been translated into Hungarian and was awarded the Irodalmi Jelen Prize in 2013.
In 2014 Woods was a recipient of the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. He currently lives in Burma.
“A poet with the whole world in his hip-pocket.” — James J McAuley