Nuala Archer's first book of poetry, Whale on the Line (Gallery Press, 1981) won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Two Women, Two Shores, poems by Nuala Archer and Medbh McGuckian was jointly published by New Poets Series, Baltimore & Salmon Press, Galway, Ireland, in 1989. Pan/ama, a chapbook, was published by Red Dust, New York, in 1992. The Hour of Pan/ama was published by Salmon in 1992. She has taught at Yale University. She was also director of the Cleveland Poetry Centre and associate professor at Cleveland State University.