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Alice Kinsella is a poet from Dublin raised in Mayo. She currently lives in Sligo with her partner.

She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, and a first class honours Masters in Writing from NUI, Galway.

Her poetry is widely published. Publications include: Banshee, Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 (Ed. Maggie Smith), Boyne Berries, Poethead, Poetry Ireland Review, ROPES, Skylight 47, The Irish Times, The North, The Ofi Press, The Pickled Body, The Rochford Street Review, The Stony Thursday Book, The Sunday Independent, and The Weary Blues.

Her video poem ‘When’, a feminist reworking of Kipling’s ‘If-’ featuring sixteen female poets, was published in The Irish Times for International Women’s Day 2017.

Alice's poetry has received shortlistings in competitions such as the Doolin Poetry Competition (2019), Gregorygue International Poetry Prize (2018), the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award (2018), Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award (2016,2017), the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Prize (2017), and the Jonathan Swift Awards (2016).

Her poetry has been translated into Polish, Greek, and Arabic.

Alice has been invited to read her work at events and locations such as: Waterford Writers' Weekend, 2018; Bray Literary Festival, 2018; Listowel Writers' Week, 2018;  Over the Edge, Featured reader, March 2018; Nottingham Poetry Festival, 2018; Ó Bhéal, Cork, February 2018; Limerick Literary Festival in memory of Kate O'Brien, 2018; Open Secrets, Paris, 2017; Linenhall Arts Centre, 2017; Maynooth University 2017; Dublin Castle, 2016.

Alice's poem Separated was selected by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature for display at Multipoetry during the annual meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network 2018. It was translated from English to Polish and displayed in Krakow in both languages.

She was the assistant editor of Looking at the Stars, a limited edition anthology of Irish writing edited by Kerrie O' Brien and Alice Kinsella to raise money for the Rough Sleeper Team of the Dublin Simon Community. The anthology sold out and raised €21,190.29 for Dublin Simon Community.

In 2017 she was writer in residence at SICCDA (South Inner City Community Development Association) for The Liberties Festival.
In 2018 she received a residency in Cill Rialaig Artists retreat, thanks to Listowel Writers' Week.

In Spring 2018 Alice was selected as featured poet in Poetry Ireland Review. Editor Eavan Boland said of her work: "The poems included here are spirited disclosures, ready to come to the threshold of the surreal but also intimate and present in language… The speaker, as in the poems in Flower Press, insists on a charged private space, with every intent of persuading the reader to join her there."

Kinsella is the author of two poetry pamphlets. Flower Press (Onslaught 2018), andSexy Fruit (Broken Sleep Books, 2019).
Reviews of Flower Press include "A deeply moving first collection" with "A bright and convincingly poetic voice" (poet Gerald Dawe), "a debut of rare beauty, revealing multiple epiphanies and the power of the poet’s wielded pen." (writer, editor, and broadcaster Sinead Gleeson)

Annemarie Ní Chuirreáin (author of BLOODROOT (Doire Press, 2017)) said of Sexy Fruit: "At the core of Sexy Fruit is a celebration of the dark and light seeds of sensuality, the body, and desire. These are poems that will possess you."

Sexy Fruit was a Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 selection.

In 2018 Alice was selected by Words Ireland to receive mentoring on the completion of her first full length collection.