Gerald Dawe was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1952. His first book of poems, Sheltering Places, was published in 1978. It was followed by The Lundys Letter, Sunday School, Heart of Hearts, The Morning Train, Lake Geneva and Points West. He has also published The Proper Word: Collected Criticism, and My Mother City, as well as editing various anthologies of Irish poetry and criticism.
Dawe has taught at NUI, Galway, Thomond College, University of Limerick and at Boston College where he was the Burns Visiting Professor. He is a fellow of Trinity College Dublin. A recipient of the Macaulay Fellowship in Literature, a Ledig-Rowohlt Fondation Award, a Hawthornden International Writers' Fellowship and literature awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, he has given readings and lectures in many parts of the world. He lives in County Dublin, Ireland.