Jean Tuomey lives in Castlebar. Co Mayo. She is published in The Irish Times and national and international journals. Her chapbook, Swept Back, was commended in Fools for Poetry 2018 and received special commendation in Blue Nib Chapbook 37, 2019. Her chapbook Magical Thinking was highly commended in Fool for Poetry 2021. She came 2nd in Fish poetry competition 2011, 1st in the Jonathan Swift Creative Awards for poetry in 2021 and the St Francis Hospice poetry competition 2022. She was awarded mentorship with Elizabeth Reapy by Mayo Co. Council Arts Office in 2021 for work on a novel. Her debut collection, Swept Back (Lapwing), published in Dec. 2022. A former teacher, she trained as a writing facilitator with the National Association for Poetry Therapy in the US.