Aifric Mac Aodha was born in Galway in 1979. Her first collection, Gabháil Syrinx, was published by An Sagart in 2010. She has taught in St Petersburg, New York and Canada and has lectured in old and modern Irish at UCD. She lives in Dublin where she works for the Irish-language publisher, An Gúm. She was the winner of the Oireachtas Prize for Poetry (2016). Foreign News (with translations by David Wheatley) was published by The Gallery Press in 2017. In 2018 she co-edited (with Peter Fallon) Calling Cards, a bilingual anthology of younger Irish-language poets.