Erin Fornoff is a “story-telling poet” hailing from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. She has performed her poetry at dozens of festivals and events including Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, and a national Irish tour with viral poet Hollie McNish.
She has featured at Hozier and James Taylor concerts and collaborated with street artists, filmmakers, and musicians. Her poems have been included in Best New English and Irish Poets 2016 and commissioned by RTE for national broadcast and performance at Dublin Castle. Her poem 'Hymn to the Reckless' featured on posters and curriculum nationwide for Ireland’s National Poetry Day. Her first collection will be published this autumn by Dedalus Press. She is working on a large scale collaboration with street artist Joe Caslin on issues of compassionate addiction policy, mental health services, and direct provision. In 2015 she received an Arts Council bursary for her first novel Better People. She is co-founder and Programme director for Lingo, Ireland's first ever spoken word festival. Before moving to Ireland she was a staff member of Obama's 2008 campaign, and has worked as a night supervisor for a homeless shelter in Washington, DC, and at Ashoka in the US and Ireland supporting new ideas for social change.