Oisín Breen


United Kingdom

Author's Bio

Oisín Breen is an Irish poet, doctoral candidate in narratological complexity at the University of Edinburgh, and financial journalist covering the registered investment advisory space in the US. He is published as a poet and short story writer in 115 journals in 22 countries, including in Agenda, North Dakota Quarterly, Books Ireland, Door is a Jar, Northern Gravy, Quadrant, Decomp, and The Tahoma Literary Review.

Overall, he has over 224 poems, a small number of short stories, and hundreds of articles and essays to his name.

Dublin-born Breen's second collection, the widely reviewed and highly praised second collection, Lilies on the Deathbed of Étaín & Other Poems is now relaunched: https://t.co/C1ZbN9WobH

His critically aclaimed debut collection, Flowers, all sorts in blossom, figs, berries, and fruits, forgotten was released Mar. 2020 by Edinburgh’s Hybrid/Dreich Press. (https://hybriddreich.co.uk/product/oisin...)

Breen also has a third collection, The Kergyma, slated for release in 2025, through Salmon Poetry.

A Multiple Best of the Net nominee and Erbacce Prize Finalist, Breen is also shopping a further collection: I am only the Song of Owls.

Primarily a proponent of long-form style-orientated poetry infused with the philosophical, Breen has been published (as a poet) in About Place, La Piccioletta Barca, Books Ireland, North Dakota Quarterly, Northern Gravy, the Seattle Star, Modern Literature, Drunk Monkeys, Dreich, New English Review, Metaworker, Mono, Crow of Minerva, the Madrigal, Black Poppy, Permeable Barrier, Visual Verse, Meniscus Australia, In Parentheses, Kairos, Discretionary Love, Loch Raven Review, The Gyroscope Review, The Saltbush Review, the Banyon Review, Phantom Kangaroo, Griffel, Door is a Jar, Gaia Literary Review, New Note, Cathexis North West, Wingless Dreamer, Yellerzine, ShabdAaweg, Stepaway, Roadrunner Review, Nevermore,
Inklette, Euphony, Interim, Roi Fainéant, Thieving Magpie, MIROnline, Sibyl, New Critique, Reservoir Road, Decomp, Grub Street, WRFL, New Feathers Anthology, Oxford Middle East Review, Lucent Dreaming, Heartwood, Universe, Fiery Scribe, Zvona i Nari, October Hill, Red Ogre, Poetica, Drawn to the Light, Stratford Quarterly, the Blue Nib, Kamena, Amphora Magazine, the Kleksograph, Riverbed Review, the Unbound Brooklyn Journal, Mortal Mag, Genuine Gold, Postscript, the Ocotillo Review, the Bosphorus Review, Book of Matches, The Tahoma Literary Review, Crowvus, Expanded Field, Revolute, Aji, Griffel, Seventh Quarry, Camas, the Martello, Inverted Syntax, Active Muse, Sunday Mornings at the River, Soundings  East, Consilience, New Plains Review, the Elevation Review, Milk House, Pangyrus, Spectra, Rock & Sling, Thimble, Nether, Lotus Eater, Agenda, Crest, Coffin Bell, Punt Volat, and the anthologies An Áitiúil, Poetry Wales, Coalition for Digital Narratives, Autumn Noir, Penned Poetry for Parkinson's Research, and Spirit of Fire and Dust,
as well as several now defunct online magazines from the early 2000s.

He also has work forthcoming in Quadrant, Amphibian, Abstract, Free State Review, Across the Margins, the Exacting Clam, Ground Up, The Belfast Review, Crowstep.

Twitter: @Breen

Bluesky: @oisinbreen.bsky.social

Mastodon: @Breen@mastodon.ie

In non-fiction, Breen is published in the Blue Mountain Review, as a social journalist, RIABiz.com as a financial journalist, FXStreet, as a foreign exchange trade reporter, where he was nominated as writer of the year, and SeekingAlpha as a stock analyst.

Listen to a podcast, discussing writing, and including a performance of 'The Lapwing', here: https://northerngravy.com/podcast-3/

Poems available to read online include:

Time moves swiftly even through the leaves of trees (the Seattle Star): https://www.seattlestar.net/2021/04/time...

October (the Seattle Star):

The Path to Wonder Ever Carries Traces of Oblivion (the Bosphorus Review):

Cold Stone Does Not Carry Meaning (Visual Verse):

The Borderland Furies (Metaworker):

Thirst and Vigil (La Piccioletta Barca):

Fatherhood and Sunday Afternoon (In Parentheses):

An Auguring of Winter to Come (New English Review):

The Ruins Near Tongue (New English Review):

Cathecism, and Winter (New English Review):

On Property (Mono): https://www.monofiction.org/post/on-prop...

The Ferryman (Zvona i Nari): https://www.zvonainari.hr/single-post/oi...

Reviews include:

The Seattle Star:

World Literature Today:

The Mechanics Institute Review:

Publications & Prizes

Spirit of Fire and Dust (Silhouette, 2022)
Autumn Noir (Unsettling Reads, 2021)
Breath of Love (Wingless Dreamer, 2021)
The Kerygma (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2025)
Lilies on the Deathbed of Étaín and other Poems (Beir Bua Press, 2023)
Flowers, All Sorts in Blossom, Figs, Berries, and Fruits Forgotten (Dreich Press, 2020)
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Abstract Magazine
Across the Margin
Active Muse
Aji Magazine
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Bosphorus Review of Books
Cathexis Northwest Press
Coffin Bell
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Poetica Review
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Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words
ZiN Daily

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Last update: Nov 20, 2023