The Moth Poetry Prize

  • Wednesday 7 April - Thursday 29 April
  • Online via Instagram
  • Tickets: Free

Join the publishers of The Moth as they raise a glass to the poets shortlisted for this year's Moth Poetry Prize, judged by Nick Laird.

Poetry Ireland will be posting videos to TwitterFacebook, and Instagram every Wednesday afternoon leading up to Poetry Day of this year's shortlisted poets reading their work (7th / 14th / 21st / 28th)

And on Thursday 29 April, join Poetry Ireland and The Moth on Instagram Live at 5.30pm to hear the overall winner of the €6,000 prize announced.  

The Shortlist

A Week in March by Rowland Bagnall. Bagnall is based in Oxford. His debut collection, A Few Interiors, was published by Carcanet Press in 2019. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, including Poetry London, The Moth and The Manchester Review. He is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Birmingham, where he specialises in North American poetry and poetics.

For the Poet Who Writes to Me While Standing in Line at CVS Waiting for his Mother’s Prescription by Suzanne Cleary. New Yorker Cleary’s Crude Angel was published in 2018 by BkMk Press (University of Missouri). Her third book, Beauty Mark, won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Other awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America and the 2017 Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2nd Place). Her poems appear in anthologies including Best American Poetry and Being Alive, and in journals including Poetry, New Ohio Review, Agenda and Poetry London. She is working on her fifth book.

Chaos Soliloquy by Michael Lavers. Lavers is the author of After Earth, published by the University of Tampa Press. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, The Hudson Review, Best New Poets 2015, TriQuarterly, The Georgia Review and elsewhere. He has been awarded the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize and the Bridport Poetry Prize. Together with his wife, the writer and artist Claire Åkebrand, and their two children, he lives in Provo, Utah, and teaches at Brigham Young University.

In the dream of the cold restaurant by Abigail Parry. Parry’s first collection, Jinx, is published by Bloodaxe and was selected as a book of the year in the New Statesman, the Telegraph and the Morning Star, and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney and Forward Prizes for best first collection. Abigail lives and works in Cardiff, and is working on a book about intimacy, provisionally titled I Think We’re Alone Now. She won The Moth Poetry Prize in 2016, judged by Billy Collins.