Jess Mc Kinney is a poet from Inishowen, Donegal. In 2020 she completed her MA in Poetry at Queen's University Belfast, where she was awarded the Irish Chair of Poetry Student Award. In 2021 she was awarded a place on the Dedalus Press Mentorship Programme, along with the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Summer School. Her poetry has appeared in The Moth, The Stinging Fly, Banshee, SAND Journal, Channel Magazine, Abridged, The Poetry Jukebox and the New Island anthology The New Frontier: Writing from the Irish Border. Her debut pamphlet 'Weeding' was published with Hazel Press in September 2021, and shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.