Niamh Burns

Hi! I’m a queer, non-binary Irish poet who writes from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. My work has been published in antilang, Stone of Madness Press, The West Review, Lida Literary Magazine and other places. I’m the author of the memoir Frances (Split Horse Press, 2021); the poetry collection In Back of Heaven (Split Horse Press, 2021) and the novel Dropping Out (Whiskey Tit Books, forthcoming 2022).

My work is informed by sex, intersectional feminism, ex-Catholic Catholic guilt, orgasm, lust and gender. I’m a self-proclaimed slut, a pretty good painter, a decent cook, a mediocre saxophonist, an alright guitar & bass player and a horrible singer. I love: making out, listening to punk music (see: The Germs, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Replacements, Bad Brains), I love reading more than anything in the world (especially: anything queer, sad, erotic, surreal, experimental, political, urgent). I studied philosophy in university, and like every other philosophy student I spent most of that time fucking, eating and crying. I’m incredibly clumsy, easy to startle and radically uncool.

let’s be friends!

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