John F. Deane was born on Achill Island and now lives in Dublin. He founded Poetry Ireland and The Poetry Ireland Review in 1978. He is the recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry and the Marten Toonder Award for Literature. He is a member of Aosdána. His most recent collection, Dear Pilgrims (June), explores redemption and renewal of the Christian belief in a decisively secular age.