John Ennis is the author of thirteen books of poetry. He retired (31 August 2009) as Head of School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology, where he was also Chair of the Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies. He worked for forty years in education in Waterford. His last long poem was Oisín’s Journey Home (2006), a work in praise of the people who built and served Newfoundland’s now defunct railway. He has acted as editor for Poetry Ireland Review. He served on the Executive of Poetry Ireland for eleven years. Awards have included The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1975, numerous firsts in the Listowel Open and The Irish American Cultural Institute Award in 1996. Since 2003, he has co-edited three anthologies of Canadian – Irish Poetry: The Backyards of Heaven (2003), However Blow the Winds (2004, The Echoing Years (2007); he edited a further All-Canadian Anthology How the Light Gets in …(2009). In 2008, Memorial University of Newfoundland at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Laws “. . .[for] fostering links between Ireland and Newfoundland, and for his poetry”. In 2010, his work was substantially represented in the Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry. In 2011, he was commissioned to write the words for the finale –anthem of Come the Sails, a choral work to honour The Tall Ships in Waterford. In 2012, his work is appearing in Poetry Ireland Review, Stinging Fly, Riddle Fence, Outburst, New Hibernia Review, The Clifden Anthology. . . .
Coming soon to this site drafts for new poetry sequences:
Going Home to Geatland
Before a Time of Flood
A Pullet for Jack and pther poems
From Where Cecco Lies