Derek Mahon was born in Belfast, North Ireland, in 1941. He was educated at Trinity College in Dublin.
His most recent books of poetry include An Autumn Wind (Gallery Press, 2010); Life on Earth (Gallery Press, 2008); Somewhere the Wave (Gallery Press, 2007); Harbour Lights (Gallery Press, 2005); and Collected Poems (Gallery Press, 1999). He also coauthored In Their Element: A Selection of Poems with Seamus Heaney (Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1977).
Hugh Haughton, writing in the Times Literary Supplement, referred to Mahon’s work “[as a] verse of astonishing versatility and singing power.”
His honors include the Scott-Manriet Translation Prize, two Poetry Now Awards in 2006 and 2009, the Irish American Foundation Award, a Lannan Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the Arts Council Bursary, and the Eric Gregory Award.
Mahon lives in Kinsale, Co. Cork in Ireland.