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.
B.A., Univ. of Ulster

Ciaran Berry's poetry collections are The Sphere of Birds (2008, Gallery Press/Southern Illinois University Press), The Dead Zoo (2013, Gallery Press) and Liner Notes (2018, Gallery Press). His honors include a 2012 Whiting Writers' Award, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, and a Pushcart 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 AGNI, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, The Missouri Review, and The Threepenny Review. In addition to leading workshops, Berry has 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.”