Jessica Traynor's debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2015 Strong/Shine Award.
In 2019 she was commissioned by BBC Radio to write a response to Swift’s A Modest Proposal, and also by Music for Galway to write an opera, Paper Boat, with composer Elaine Agnew for Galway 2020 Capital of Culture. Paper Boat will premiere in June 2020. Her second collection, The Quick, was published to critical acclaim in 2018. Awards include the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary, Hennessy New Writer of the Year Award and the Listowel Poetry Prize. In 2019, she edited ‘Correspondences: an anthology to call for an end to direct provision’ with actor Stephen Rea, bringing together artists and writers in direct provision with Irish writers. She is the 2020 Carlow Writer in Residence, the recipient of the 2020 Banagher Public Art Commission, and an inaugural Creative Fellow of UCD.