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Mary O'Donoghue

  • Professor
Academic Division: Arts & Humanities


Mary O'Donoghue is a short story writer, novelist, poet, translator of Irish-language poetry, and senior fiction editor at the journal AGNI. She teaches writing fiction, literature, and first-year writing at Babson College. In 2023 she holds the Charles A. Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University.

Mary is the author of the novel Before the House Burns (The Lilliput Press, 2010) and the poetry collections Among These Winters (Dedalus Press, 2007) and Tulle (Salmon Poetry, 2001). Her book of short stories will be published by Stinging Fly Press in 2023. Her short stories have appeared in many US and European publications: Subtropics, The Common, Granta, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Irish Times, Sunday Times UK, Stinging Fly, Dublin Review, and elsewhere.

Her translations are published in Leabhar na hAthghabhala/ Poems of Repossession (Bloodaxe Books/ Clo Iar-Chonnachta, 2016) and Sean O Riordain Selected Poems (Yale University Press, 2014). Her collaborative translations of Louis de Paor's poetry appear in The Brindled Cat and the Nightingale's Tongue (Bloodaxe, 2014), agus rud eile de/and another thing (Clo Iar-Chonnachta, 2010), Ag Greadadh Bas sa Reilig/Clapping in the Cemetery (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2005), and elsewhere.

Academic Degrees

  • M. Phil, National University of Ireland Galway
  • BA, National University of Ireland Galway

Academic Interest / Expertise

Creative Writing; Fiction; Translation; Poetry; Irish Literature; Literature in Translation; Literary Editing.

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 — Sunday Times/ EFG Short Story Award: Longlisted Finalist, Sunday Times UK/ EFG Bank
  • 2013 — Legends of the Fall: Short Fiction Prize, Irish Times
  • 2012 — Artist’s Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • 2012 — Artist's Grant/ Residency, Vermont Studio Center
  • 2011 — Julia Ward Howe Award. Finalist., Boston Authors' Society
  • 2008 — Faculty Research Award, Babson College
  • 2006 — Artist’s Grant , Massachusetts Cultural Council



  • O'Donoghue, M.G. (2010). Before the House Burns. Lilliput Press.
  • O'Donoghue, M.G. (2007). Among These Winters. Dedalus Press.
  • O'Donoghue, M.G. (2001). Tulle. Salmon Poetry.


  • O'Donoghue, M. (2022). "Late Style". Vol: Winter-Spring, Issue: 2022, Page: 1-10. SUBTROPICS.


  • Pinard, M. O'Donoghue, M. Waterline Reading Series, (2013)