Ailbhe Darcy is a poet and a critic. She grew up in Dublin, where she also wrote most of her first book of poems, Imaginary Menagerie, published by Bloodaxe in 2011 and shortlisted for a Shine Strong Award. The Irish Reading Archive has video of Ailbhe reading poems from Imaginary Menagerie here and here. She's also given readings in Paris, Boston, New York, Limassol, Liverpool, London, Derry, Galway, Limerick and elsewhere.
Insistence, the newest book of poems, comes out in May 2018. It was mostly written in South Bend, Indiana, a city where cars were once made. Three poems from the book were published by Poetry magazine in 2017.
A collaboration with S.J. Fowler, Subcritical Tests (2017), is published by Gorse Editions, and a chapbook, A Fictional Dress (2009), is published by Tall Lighthouse. There's a recording of the Dublin launch of Subcritical Tests, at which Steven and Ailbhe read together, here. In 2014 Ailbhe took part in Yes, But Are We Enemies?, the Irish Enemies tour.
An essay on poetry readings appears in The Critical Flame and a review of Stephanie Burt's Advice from the Lights appears in BODY. As well as the European Poetry Festival this summer, Ailbhe will read at the Prague Microfestival, Ledbury Festival, the Notre Dame IRISH Seminar and the John Hewitt Summer School.
Ailbhe has an MFA and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and teaches at Cardiff University.