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Paula Meehan is an award-winning poet, playwright, and professor. Her books of poetry include Painting Rain, Return and No Blame, Pillow Talk, and Dharmakaya, among others. She has written plays for children and adults and has conducted writing workshops with inner city communities and in prisons as well as universities. Her work is much translated, widely anthologized, and among the prizes she has won include The Martin Toonder Award, the Butler Literary Award and the Denis Devlin Award. More recently she has turned to writing plays. She is a member of Aosdána, an Irish association of artists, and lives in Dublin. In 2013, Meehan was named Ireland Professor of Poetry by President Michael D. Higgins.