Alvy Carragher is an Irish poet based in Toronto. She has published three books, as well as numerous articles, blogs and poetry featured across a wide range of publications such as The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Poetry Ireland Review, Poethead, and The Galway Review.
Her second poetry book "the men I keep under my bed" was published in 2021, and her debut collection "Falling in love with broken things", was published in 2016, both by Salmon Poetry. Chicken House Books published her children's book, The Cantankerous Molly Darling, in 2019.
As a performance poet, she has won numerous slams and was featured at events like Electric Picnic, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, RTE’s Arena and Cúirt International Literary Festival. She represented Poetry Ireland, as the delegate for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in 2016, at a reading in the Lincoln Center, NYC.
She received an MA in Writing from NUIG where she focused on poetry under the tutelage of Eva Bourke. Alvy subsequently spent a year mentoring the 4th year undergrad poetry workshops. She has also given an advanced poetry-workshop at the Irish Writers' Centre and spent a year teaching English in Korea.
She also won multiple national awards for her early writing as both the illustrator and writer for With All the Finesse of a Badger; a blog-based on the haphazard nature of growing up in rural Ireland. It was archived by the National Library of Ireland.
She spent a year as the first Poetry Editor for Headstuff.org, where she focused on promoting new and established poets and creating a sense of community among her team of contributors.
You can read about Alvy's approach to both her published books, below.
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