About Me

Poet & Haijin, Teacher & Mentor

Maeve O'Sullivan

Maeve O’Sullivan is an Irish poet based in her home city of Dublin. Her poetry and haikai (haiku and related forms) have been widely published, anthologized and translated since the mid-1990s. Journals her work has appeared in include Abridged, Autumn Moon, Blithe Spirit, Cattails, Frogpond, Hedgerow, Modern Haiku, North, Orbis, The Heron’s Nest, The Irish Times, The Honest Ulsterman, Presence, Poetry Ireland Review, Skylight 47, Stinging Fly and the Wales Haiku Review.


Maeve is a former prize-winner of the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Competition, the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Competition and the Haiku Museum of Literature Award (via Blithe Spirit). Her work has also been nominated for both a Forward Prize and a Touchstone Award.


Teaching, workshops & mentoring


You can find Maeve

As a tutor in a college of further education in Dublin for over twenty years, Maeve has taught English, journalism, public relations, communications and professional skills development at various levels.

She has been leading workshops in haikai (haiku and related forms) for the same timeframe, including ones for the Anam Cara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat, the Ennistymon Book Town Festival, the Irish Writers’ Centre,

the Dromineer Literary Festival, the Dublin Writer’s Festival and various libraries in Dublin City and County. Maeve has also developed her own modular workshop, which can be delivered online or off. Since 2014, Maeve has been involved in one-to-one haikai mentoring, and is on the Words Ireland mentor panel.

If you’re interested in either a workshop or a mentorship, please fill in the form in the contacts section of this website.


Maeve is the author of five collections from Alba Publishing www.albapublishing.com, which have received highly favourable reviews in poetry and haikai journals to date.

  • Initial Response (haikai), 2011

  • Vocal Chords (poetry), 2014 (out of print)

  • A Train Hurtles West (haikai), 2015

  • Elsewhere (poetry and haikai), 2017

  • Wasp on the Prayer Flag (haikai), 2021

Initial Response and A Train Hurtles West are out of print but can be accessed for free in the Haiku Foundation’s Digital Library. Vocal Chords is currently unavailable. Elsewhere and Wasp on the Prayer Flag are available to buy in the Books section of this website.

Earlier Books