Ruth Quinlan is originally from Kerry but now lives in Galway. She was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2019 and was awarded an individual artist bursary in 2018 by Galway City Council. She won the 2018 Galway University Hospital Arts Trust Poems for Patience competition, the 2018 Blue Nib Summer Chapbook competition, the 2014 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award and the 2012 Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction. She has been shortlisted or runner-up for other competitions like the Trim Poetry Festival competition, Cúirt New Writing, Francis Ledwidge Poetry Awards, and Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Her work has been published by the Irish Times and Irish Independent amongst others, and has been nominated for the Forward Poetry Prize. She is also co-editor of Skylight 47, a poetry magazine based in Galway.