(1993 - Present)
Padraig Regan was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1993. They attended the John Hewitt International Summer School as a bursary recipient. Regan enrolled at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast for their undergraduate degree. In 2015, they received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.
Upon graduating, Regan continued on at the Seamus Heaney Centre for their MA, then their PhD, focusing on creative-critical and hybridized writing practices in medieval texts and the work of Anne Carson. With Louise Kennedy, Regan was chosen by the school as one of the inaugural Ciaran Carson Writing and the City Fellows for 2020–2021.
Regan is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Delicious (Lifeboat, 2016) and Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (The Emma Press, 2017). The recipient of the 2020 Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary, their writing has appeared in Poetry Ireland, Poetry London, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Poetry Review, PN Review, bath magg, and other journals. They also contributed to Carcanet's New Poetries VIII anthology and the ekphrasis pamphlet That All I'd Seen Would Be Left Untranslated.
Regan co-founded the Belfast-based Tangerine Magazine, a cross-genre journal of new writing, where they currently serve as Poetry Editor. Their debut full-length collection, Some Integrities, is forthcoming from Carcanet Press in January 2022.
More on Padraig Regan
Text: Three poems by Regan at Virginia Quarterly Review
Text/Video: Regan's poem "Ireland," with commentary by the poet, on the Carcanet blog
Video: Regan reads at the John Hewitt Society
Photo by Matthew Thompson.