Mícheál McCann was born in Derry City, and has published poems in journals and magazines across the island of Ireland and in the U.K. His first pamphlet of poems Safe Home was published in June 2020 by Green Bottle Press. He was the co-editor of Hold Open the Door (UCD Press, 2020), an anthology concerned with Irish poetry and the role of mentorship. He is at work with Kerri ní Dochartaigh on a collaborative art book for Skein Press, due in June 2022.
His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, Queering the Green, The Manchester Review, Banshee Lit, Ambit, The Tangerine, fourteen poems and The New Frontier: Contemporary Writing From & About the Irish Border.
He was a grateful recipient of the inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Prize; an Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES award in 2019/20; and he was shortlisted in the Oxford Brookes 2020 International Poetry Prize by Fiona Benson.
Alongside his writing work he is an active freelancer in the arts sector in NI, working as project manager, creative producer, editor, and literary coordinator.