Paula Meehan was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College and at Eastern Washington University. She has published seven collections of poetry. Return and No Blame , Reading the Sky , The Man Who Was Marked By Winter , Pillow Talk , Dharmakaya , Painting Rain  and Geomantic . She has also written plays for adults and children and has held residencies in universities, prisons and the wider community. She has received the Butler Literary Award for Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award, the Denis Devlin Award, the PPI Award for Radio Drama. In 2015 she received the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry and was inducted into the Hennessy Literary Hall of Fame. Meehan is a member of Aosdana and was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2013 to 2016. University College Dublin Press published her Writings from the Ireland Chair of Poetry, Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them last year.