Victoria Kennefick’s debut poetry collection, Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet Press, 2021), won the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2022 and the Dalkey Book Festival Emerging Writer of the Year 2022. In 2021, it was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Poetry Book Award. It was a book of the year in The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Independent and The White Review. The Poet in Residence at the Yeats Society Sligo, Victoria is an Arts Council of Ireland Next Generation Artist. She holds a PhD in English from University College Cork and successfully applied for a Fulbright Scholarship to emulate Sylvia Plath.
Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet Press, 2021)
Website Address: victoriakennefick.com
Jessica Traynor, one of the judges for the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2022: “In Eat or We Both Starve Kennefick gives us a set of metaphysical explorations of what it means to hunger, both spiritually and physically. These questing poems are grounded by language that is both earthy and tactile. Unafraid to lean into the grotesqueness of the body, here we find a world where cannibals confess that ‘Hunger…proved stronger than grief.’ Keenly attuned to pleasure, too, here female experience is expressed with joyful abandon: ‘After-wards, our seams popping, we shriek with laughter.’”