Caitríona O'Reilly took BA and PhD degrees in Archaeology and English at Trinity College Dublin, and was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for her poetry collection, The Nowhere Birds (2001, Bloodaxe); she has also held the Harper-Wood Studentship from St John's College, Cambridge. She is the co-author (with David Wheatley) of a chapbook, Three-Legged Dog (Wild Honey Press, 2002); her second collection, The Sea Cabinet, followed in 2006. Her poetry can also be found in The Wake Forest Irish Poetry Series Vol.1. She is a widely published critic, has written for BBC Radio 4, translated from the Galician of María do Cebreiro, and published some fiction. She was a contributing editor of the Irish poetry journal Metre; she has collaborated with artist Isabel Nolan and in 2008 was named editor of Poetry Ireland Review. A third collection, Geis, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe and Wake Forest University Press. She has worked as 'Poet in Residence' at Wake Forest University and is an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. She lives in Lincoln.
The Sea Cabinet was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2007.