“McKiernan is a poet’s poet, assuming the poet believes emotion is the beating heart of literature.”
“She stands out among the ranks of poets for her ability to match language to subject, sound to sense.”
The Bloomsbury Review
Ethna McKiernan’s first book, Caravan (Dedalus Press, 1989) was a Minnesota Book Award Nominee. Her second, The One Who Swears You Can’t Start Over, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2002. She ran Irish Books and Media for over two decades and has worked for the past four years for a non-profit organisation serving the Minneapolis homeless.