Writing CV


This Little World, my debut poetry collection, was published by Doire Press, 17 June 2017. Available in Charlie Byrne’s and Kennys’ Bookshops in Galway, The Ennis Bookshop in Ennis, and online here from Doire Press.

This Little World cover
Cover for This Little World © Karen J McDonnell & Doire Press


‘Obsignatores’, a poetic essay in Medieval Travel and Travellers Real and Imagined: Travel as Transformation . Academic. Forthcoming in the U.S.

‘East’ in Poetry NI: Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 ed., Colin Dardis (Poetry Northern Ireland, 2016) Online.

‘Grave Good’ in The Stony Thursday Book ed., Mary O’Donnell (Limerick City & County Arts Office, 2015)

‘At Sea’ in Wild Atlantic Words ed., John Bayliss Post (Hungry Hill Writing, 2015)

‘My Grief is Great’ in Rubicon: words and art inspired by Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, ed., Marie Lecrivain (Sybaritic Press, Los Angeles 2015)

‘Clocháns, Killard’ and ‘Evening Fire on the Burren’ in Brain of Forgetting (Stone) eds.,Bernadette McCarthy & Tom Jordan (Brain of Forgetting Press, Cork, 2015)

‘Limerick in Spring, 1918’ and ‘At Corranroo’ in The Stony Thursday Book ed., Peter Sirr (Limerick City & County Arts Office, 2014)

‘Upstream the Bliss of Heaven’ in Words on the Waves 2014 (Words on the Street, 2014)

‘An Cúirt’ (Fiction) in Crannóg 23 (Crannóg Media, 2010)


‘Wall’, an excerpt from Unsettled – A West Bank Journal in The Galway Review online       (03 December 2017)

Karen J McDonnell – Wall


Four poems in The Rochford Street Review, Issue 22 on Contemporary Irish Poets ed., Mark Roberts (Australia, June 2017)

Contemporary Irish Poetry Featured Writer: Karen J. McDonnell


‘Where the land meets the sky.’ Photography in Al-Kehmia Poetica for U.S. National Women’s Month. Guest Editor Marie Lecrivain. ( 17 March, 2017)


‘The High Road’ in The Honest Ulsterman  (February, 2017)


‘Afterlife I, II, III’

‘Nollaig na mBan’

Excerpt from Unsettled – a West Bank Journal (literary non-fiction)

‘Down’ (short fiction)

All in poeticdiversity Los Angeles (2012-2017)


Hennessy New Irish Writing – September 2017 Poetry Winner                                                        Irish Times (30 September 2017)


Several poems published in the Clare Champion in the Poets’ Corner column (2013-2017)


‘Walter Macken Centenary’ in the Clare Champion (2015)

Many articles, theatre & book reviews in SIN (2012-2014)

‘Seamus Heaney: A Month’s Mind’ in SIN (2013)

‘Karen has Libya on her mind’ in the Clare Champion (2011)

‘Postcard from the West Bank’ in the Irish Times (2008)


‘Exposition’ Artists respond to work by poems from the Clare Poetry Collective. Exhibition of art and poems at the Record Break Café, Ennis.  My poem is ‘Turlough’ – from This Little World. (Exhibition from 25 Nov 2017 – Jan 2018.)

‘Can-do Poetry’ was one of 30 poems chosen to be exhibited around the city of Limerick for its Poetry Month, organised by the Limerick Writers’ Centre. (April 2017)

Artists created work in response to two of my poems for the exhibition ‘To Be or Naught To Be is Written in Sand’. The painting and copies of each poem were shown at Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare. (2015)


The Robert Monteith International Poetry Competition (2017)

UCHG/Cúirt Poems for Patience (2017, 2014)


Dermot Healy Poetry Prize (2017)

Words on the Waves Poetry Competition (2016)

Over the Edge New Writer  (2014)


Nominated for Listowel Pigott Poetry Prize 2018 – This Little World

Nominated for the 2018 Shine/Strong Award for best first collection – This Little World

‘Palmyra 2016’ nominated in Single Poem category at the 2017 Bórd Gáis Energy Irish Books Awards

An excerpt from Unsettled – A West Bank Journal (non-fiction) was nominated for Best of the Net in the U.S. (2014)

Other                                                                                                                                                           I was a journalist and Theatre & Literature Editor of SIN, the student newspaper of NUI Galway. In that role I published guest writer contributions from President Michael D Higgins, and the American writer and poet Thomas Lynch. I wrote articles, arts reviews, colour pieces, and edited other contributions.

I have written, produced, and presented my own radio work on W ild Atlantic Waves Radio 2014-2015, appeared on the Marian Finucane Show on RTE1 as a book reviewer, as well as researching, creating the brief for, and been interviewed on, RTE’s The Poetry Programme (broadcast April, 2016).

Presently, I am a volunteer and committee member with Kinvara Community Radio, KINVARA FM. I present an Arts-focused show, The Western Skyline. You can listen to podcasts by accessing the Menu above. There are also older radio podcasts from my time with Wild Atlantic Waves student radio station.



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