Ciaran Berry is an Irish poet who has spent the last decade living, writing, and teaching in the
United States. His first full-length collection of poetry, The Sphere of Birds, was published in 2008 by Southern
Illinois University Press in North America and by The Gallery Press in Ireland and the UK. His work has also been featured
in The Best of Irish Poetry, Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the
Small Presses, and Best New Poets. In addition to leading workshops, Berry has in the past 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."