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"The best of Cotter's writing is solid poetry, intensely imagist, and speaks deeply and sincerely to real and universal human concerns."

- World Literature Today

"All the more refreshing, then, to find a poet working within the "village" of contemporary poets but in a voice all his own; one which is unfashionable in the best sense."

- Fiona Sampson, The Irish Times

"Cotter is an adroit and knowing artist"

-Thomas McCarthy, Poetry Ireland Review

Patrick Cotter Born Cork, 1963. Cotter was educated at University College Cork where he revived the poetry workshop in the early 80s and as Auditor of the English Literature Society curated an extensive reading programme by contemporary Irish poets, dramatists and novelists. He has been literature officer of the Triskel Arts Centre, served on the Waterstones Book of the Month Committee, was founder editor of the Irish section on and for over a decade has worked as Artistic Director of the Munster Literature Centre where he has curated nearly thirty literary festivals, including the annual Cork Spring Poetry Festival and the Cork International Short Story Festival involving some of the world’s greatest contemporary poets and novelists. He is organiser and jury chairman of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

His published work includes several chapbooks, the verse novella The Misogynist’s Blue Nightmare (Raven Arts Press, 1990) and the full collections, Perplexed Skin (Arlen House 2008) and Making Music (Three Spires Press 2009). No One Knows - a bilingual selection was published in Macedonia in 2014.

His work has appeared in many anthologies including Separate Islands: Contemporary British and Irish poetry (Quarry, Ontario) Irish Poetry Now (Wolfhound) Jumping off Shadows - Some Contemporary Irish Poets (Cork University Press) The Irish Eros (Gill & Macmillan) The Backyards of Heaven (Newfoundland) Something Beginning with P (O'Brien Press) and in The Great Book of Ireland.
His translations of the Estonian poet Andres Ehin are collected in the book Moosebeetle Swallow (Southword Editions). His play Beauty and the Stalker was produced at the Granary Theatre, Cork in 2000 and he has published short fiction in journals and newspapers.

Cotter’s own poems have been translated into Chinese, Croatian, Estonian, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Norse, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. He has given readings of his work in Ireland, Canada, China, Germany, Estonia, Macedonia, Norway, Italy, India, Turkey and the USA.

In 2013 he received the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry.



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