Photograph by John Doyle

A poet of grace, memory and theatre, Lani O'Hanlon has emerged as one of the most distinctive and talented new poets of the South East.
Thomas McCarthy

Her work is both a cure for what ails us, and a cure for language itself: like the best and the rarest of writers, she restores words to their full potency and power.
Grace Wells

Clear fresh language here avoids polemic, and the poem has a controlled pressure of feeling in it.
Penelope Shuttle, Mslexia


Lani's work has been published in Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Mslexia, Southword, The Stinging Fly, The Moth, Skylight Poets, The Irish Times, the Anthologies; Small Lives (Poddle) Halleluiah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe) and read on Sunday Miscellany. shortlisted for FISH, poetry and flash fiction, runner-up in - Brewery Lane and a winner of the Earthsong Mslexia competition, shortlisted for Over the Edge writer of the year, the International Writer's Festival, Date with and Agent 2016 and published in The Irish Times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing 2017.

She has received numerous bursaries and awards from Co. Waterford and City Arts Office including residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, and her poetry chapbook, The Little Theatre launched by Poet and Editor, Thomas McCarthy, in 2017, was funded by Artlinks. She is currently working towards a first poetry collection and completing a first novel. 

Lanihas worked as Movement, Dance and Arts Facilitator/Director internationally and on the Skyros Programme, Greece, as a Creative Writing Facilitator with Dublin VEC, Waterford City and County Arts Office, The Waterford Healing Arts Trust and as writer in residence on the annual Molly Keane Writers' Retreat in Ardmore.







Dancing the Rainbow-Mercier Press

Dancing the Rainbow, Holisic Well Being through Movement, Published by Mercier Press, 2007.