Geraldine O'Kane (she/her) is a Northern Irish poet, creative writing facilitator and mental health advocate living in Belfast. Her debut full collection Unsafe is available from Salmon Poetry.
Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, journals and zines in Ireland, the UK and the US. She has appeared in Arlen House’s anthologies Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry and Her Other Language: Northern Irish Women Writers Address Domestic Violence and Abuse and New Island Books, as well as The Music of What Happens: The Purple House Anthology of New Writing.
Geraldine is one half of Poetry NI, a multimedia platform offering opportunities and resources for poets in Northern Ireland. She is co-host and regular reader at the Purely Poetry open mic nights in Belfast. She has also curated two multi-platform exhibitions, Poetic Perspective and Product of Perception, and is editor of Panning for Poems.
Geraldine has given a TED Talk for TEDx Belfast, and read at First Fortnight (in association with O'Bheal), Galway's Over The Edge, and Poems Upstairs in association with Poetry Ireland. She was recipient of the Artist Career Enhancement Scheme ‘15/’16 from Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and is currently supported by Arts Council NI.
Her micropoetry pamphlet Quick Succession was published by Pen Points Press in 2014. Her poems have been listed in the Melita Hume Prize, The Over The Edge Cuirt 2019 Reading, and Glebe House Harmony Trust Poetry Competition, as well as one of Eyewear’s Best New British & Irish Poets 2017.