Harry Clifton was born in Dublin in 1952. His poetry collections are The Walls of Carthage (Dublin, The Gallery Press, 1977); Office of the Salt Merchant (The Gallery Press, 1979); Comparative Lives (Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery Press, 1982); The Liberal Cage (The Gallery Press, 1988), Night Train through the Brenner (The Gallery Press, 1996), The Desert Route Selected Poems 1973-1988 (The Gallery Press, 1992), which was a London Poetry Book Society Recommendation, God in France (Dublin, Metre, 2003); Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks, 1994-2004 (Wake Forest University Press, 2007); and The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass (Tarset, Northumberland, Bloodaxe Books/Wake Forest University Press, 2012).
His short fiction is collected as Berkeley’s Telephone (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2000), while his chronicle of a year in the Abruzzo Mountains is On the Spine of Italy (London, MacMillan, 1999).
His numerous awards include The Patrick Kavanagh Award, and The Irish Times/Poetry Now Award 2008 for Secular Eden.
He has lived in various parts of the world, and is a member of Aosdána.
He is Ireland Professor of Poetry 2010–2013, and currently lives in Dublin.