Dr Julie Morrissy is an Irish poet, academic, critic, and activist. She is a recipient of the Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council for 2018-19. Her first collection Where, the Mile End (2019) is published by Book*hug (Canada) and tall-lighthouse (Europe &UK). Her debut poetry pamphlet I Am Where (Eyewear 2015) was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the Saboteur Awards 2016. She has been awarded residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, and Writer’s Room at the Betsy, Miami. She hosts a sporadic reading series in her home called Pizza, Poetry, Pub.
From 2015 to 2018, Morrissy was Vice-Chancellor Research Scholar at Ulster University, where she earned her PhD in Poetry and Poetics. She is currently the first person to hold the Newman Fellowship in Creativity at University College Dublin. Morrissy also holds graduate degrees in Creative Writing (University College Dublin 2013), and Literature (Ryerson University 2014), and a bachelor’s degree in Law (University College Dublin 2006).
In 2016, Morrissy was included in “The Rising Generation" issue of Poetry Ireland Review, edited by Vona Groarke. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize, and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Her creative and critical work has been published widely in Ireland, the UK, Canada and the U.S., including in gorse, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, ASAP/Journal, The North and White Wall Review. She has represented Ireland at O, Miami Festival 2018 and Toronto International Festival of Authors 2016, and has given readings at Book Week Scotland, Strokestown International Poetry Festival, Dublin Book Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, and Cork International Poetry Festival.
She is co-founder of X-ile Project, a grassroots activist organisation that contributed to the successful campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution in 2018.
She can be contacted at email@example.com