Thomas McCarthy was born in County Waterford, Ireland, and is the author of eight poetry collections. Pandemonium (Carcanet, 2016) was shortlisted for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award. His most recent, Prophecy, was published by Carcanet in 2019. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Assembly of artists and writers. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize and the O’Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry as well as the Ireland Funds Annual Literary Award.