Michael S. Begnal is a dual Irish/American citizen, born in the United States in 1966. He has spent many years living in Ireland, and was editor of the Galway-based literary magazine, The Burning Bush. His first collection, The Lakes of Coma (Six Gallery Press), was published in 2003. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Wales, Translation Ireland, Cork Literary Review, and in the anthology Breaking the Skin: New Irish Poetry (Black Mountain Press). His Irish-language writing has been published in Comhar, Lá, and the Go nuige seo anthologies (Coiscéim). Begnal has contributed articles to books such as Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice: A Tribute to James Liddy (Arlen House), which he also edited, and Avant-Post: The Avant-Garde under "Post-" Conditions (Litteraria Pragensia).