John McAuliffe is a writer and academic based in Manchester. He grew up in Listowel, studied English and Law at NUI Galway and now teaches poetry at the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing, which he founded and co-directs.
His books are published by The Gallery Press and include A Better Life (2002) which was shortlisted for a Forward Prize, Next Door (2007) and Of All Places (2011) which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 2013, a selection of his work was published in the US as part of Wake Forest UP’s Introductions to Irish Poetry series.
He curated the Poetry Now Festival in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 2003–2007 which he founded and, for three years, chaired the Irish Times/ Poetry Now Award for Best Collection; in 2010, he held the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University; and he is currently chief poetry critic for the Irish Times and co-editor of The Manchester Review.
John McAuliffe was appointed Deputy Chair of the Arts Council in August 2016.