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Ciaran M. Berry
Associate Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program
Phone: (860) 297-4079 Office Location: 115 Vernon Street 309
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Trinity College faculty member since 2009
General ProfileTeachingPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
M.F.A., New York Univ. (2004)
B.A., Univ. of Ulster (1993)

Ciaran Berry is an Irish poet who has spent the last decade and a half living, writing, and teaching in the United States. His poetry collections are The Sphere of Birds (2008, Gallery Press/Southern Illinois University Press) and The Dead Zoo (2013, Gallery Press). His honors include a 2012 Whiting Writers' Award and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His work has been featured in The Best of Irish Poetry, Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses, and Best New Poets, as well as in journals such as Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, The Threepenny Review, and Poetry London. In addition to leading workshops, Berry has in the past taught a range of classes in literature and expository writing. In the classroom, he encourages lively discussion and emphasizes the power of inductive reasoning, believing that all useful writing and thinking must, as Wendell Berry (no relation) suggests, be built “from the ground up.”