Joseph Woods is a poet, journalist and editor. He was Director of Poetry Ireland from 2001 to 2013, and during his tenure edited numerous works, including the anthology Our Shared Japan.
Woods has published three collections of poetry. His debut, Sailing to Hokkaido, won the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2000. His most recent collection, Ocean Letters, has been translated into Hungarian and in 2013 was awarded the Irodalmi Jelen Prize. In 2014, Woods was a recipient of the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship.
Woods lived in Japan in the early 1990s and has travelled widely, particularly in Asia. He now lives in Rangoon, Burma with his wife and young daughter.