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Macdara Woods was born in Dublin in 1942 and has published a number of collections with Dedalus Press including his Selected Poems (1996) and The Nightingale Water and Knowledge in the Blood (2002). His work has been translated widely, into some twelve languages, and has has been set to music and perfomed by artists such as Anuna and Bonita Hill. A member of Aosdána, the Irish Arts Council's affiliation which recognises outstanding contributions to the arts in Ireland, Woods is also one of the founder editors of the long-running literary journal Cyphers, along with poets Pearse Hutchinson, Leland Bardwell, and his wife the poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.