Jamie O'Halloran


Cloosh House Canrawer East
Oughterard, GW H91 X6HN

Author's Bio

Jamie O’Halloran was born on Long Island and raised there, in New Orleans, and in Seattle where she received her M.A. in English from the University of Washington through its Creative Writing Program.

Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in more than 50 publications, including Skylight 47, The Night Heron Barks, One Hand Clapping, Drawn to the Light, Vox Galvia, The Honest Ulsterman, The Galway Review, Painted-Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Spillway, The Cream City Review, Solo, Poetry Flash and Yankee, and the anthologies Local Wonders: Poems from Our Immediate SurroundingsMischief, Caprice and other Poetic StrategiesSo Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California PoetsAnd What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century; and Grand Passion: Poets from Los Angeles and Beyond. Her chapbooks include SWEET TO THE GRIT (The Inevitable Press, 1998) and THE LANDSCAPE FROM BEHIND, with Jim Natal, (VC Press, 1997.)

Jamie 's entry to the 2021 Fool for Poetry International Poetry Competition won 2nd place and will be launched at the Cork Internaional Poetry Festival in May 2022. She was selected as the 2021 Artist in Residence at Brigit's Garden in County Galway, Ireland. Her entries to the 2021 Cuírt New Writing Prize and Listowel Writers' Week Poetry Collection were shortlisted. She has won the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize, received awards from Verve Magazine, Red Dancefloor Press and The Sacred Beverage Press, and her poems have been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Her poem “Knock Wood” was published on 10,000 postcards and distributed throughout Los Angeles as part of the Sonnets at Work project. Her poetry reviews appear or are forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Lit Pub and The Tupelo Quarterly.

She has read her work throughout Southern California, including the Writers in Focus series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KPFK FM’s Inspiration House, and Poetry Connexion with Wanda Coleman and Austin Straus, and Poets’ Café.  From 1993 to 2001 Jamie curated a literary reading series for the Sunland-Tujunga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library where she also founded the McGroarty Writer’s Circle in 1994. During her tenure as co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets she edited several chapbooks and the series annual anthology.  She is a former associate editor for the webzine poetrybay.com.


Jamie is a retired public school teacher. She lives in County Galway, Ireland.

Publications & Prizes

Local Wonders: Poems of Our Immediate Surroundings (Dedalus Press, 2021)
Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach, 2007)
Mischief, Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press, 2004)
So Luminous the Wildflowers (Tebot Bach, 2004)
And What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century (Ashland Poetry Press, 1999)
Grand Passion: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyong (Red Wind Books, 1995)
Sweet to the Grit (Inevitable Press, 1998)
The Landscape From Behind (V.C. Press, 1997)
Bellowing Ark
Blue Moon Review
Blue Satellite
California Quarterly
Cider Press Review
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Hot Metal Press
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Janus Head
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San Gabriel Valley Quarterly
Seattle Review
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Southern California Anthology
Southern Ocean Review
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The Galway Review
The November 3rd Club
The Rattling Wall
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Walt's Corner
Yankee Magazine
Prizes won: 

2021 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition, 2nd Place


The Ann Stanford Prize, 1993, Southern California Anthology


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Adrienne Rich, Eavan Boland, Theodore Roethke, Emily Dickinson, John McGahern, Carson McCullers, Seamus Heaney, Doireann Ní Ghríofa
What I'm reading now: 
The Collected Poems by Theodore Roethke, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, Eat or We Both Starve by Victoria Kennefick, Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by W.B. Yeats

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Irish American
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Glen Cove, NY
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Last update: Apr 13, 2022