Jessica Traynor

Poet | Creative Writing Teacher | Dramaturg

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Hi, and welcome to my website.

I'm Jessica, author of "Liffey Swim" - my debut collection of poems, and "The Quick" - my latest collection.

Feel free to browse through the website. You'll find videos, a selection of some of my latest musings, and details about my books and workshops.


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The Quick

Visionary, luminous and haunted, Jessica Traynor’s poems are home to a host of compelling characters: witches, changelings, the spirit of Hildegard of Bingen. In ‘The Quick’, even the grotesque is rendered with subtle delicacy – a woman whose ‘lungs fold like an origami bird’. These poems will give you goose-bumps. — Helen Mort

These are poems of such formal ease and control that it is hard to believe this is only Jessica Traynor’s second collection. Her marriage of form and material is accomplished, intelligent and right. This is a poet with a clear, strong voice, convinced of the agency of language and ‘The Quick’ contains many fine poems that sparkle like quicksilver with their own glancing light. - Mary O'Malley

Upcoming Events

The Quick Book Tour

December 14th

25th - 27th January 2019

29th May - 2nd June 2019

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