Knute Skinner was born in the United States
but has lived in County Clare, Ireland, since 1964. His poetry
has appeared widely in Ireland, Britain, Australia, and North America.
For some years he taught literature and creative writing part of
each year at Western Washington University. Skinner has also served
as editor of Bellingham Review and director of Signpost Press,
as well as on the editorial board of the Irish journal New
Series: Departures. He is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including
Stretches (2002), The Cold Irish Earth—New & Selected
Poems of Ireland (1997), and What Trudy Knows and Other
all from Salmon Publishing. Skinner’s poems have also appeared
in numerous anthologies, including Irish Poetry Now: Other
Voices (Wolfhound, 1994) and Or Volge L'Anno—At
the Year's Turning: An Anthology of Irish Poets Responding to Leopardi (Dedalus, 1998).
Photo by Noreen Walshe