Stephanie Conn was born in Co. Down in Northern Ireland in 1976 and now lives in County Antrim with her husband and two daughters. A graduate of Stranmillis University College, she worked as a primary school teacher and developed and taught the literacy programme Passport to Poetry. In 2013, Stephanie graduated from the Creative Writing M.A. at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University, Belfast.
Stephanie’s poetry has been widely published. In 2012, she was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award and highly commended in the Doire Press Poetry Chapbook and Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet competitions. The following year she was shortlisted in the Red Line Poetry Competition and her work was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. In 2014, she was highly commended in the Fool for Poetry Chapbook competition and won the Translink Haiku Competition. In 2015 she came third in the Dromineer Poetry Competition, was Highly Commended in Gregory O’Dononoghue Competition and was awarded the Funeral Services NI Poetry Prize, the Yeovil Poetry Prize and the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing.
Stephanie has read her work locally, nationally and internationally, including the Belfast Book Festival, Mountains to Sea Festival, Ireland and the Tasmania Poetry Festival, Australia.
In March 2016, ‘The Woman on the Other Side’ was published by Doire Press. The collection was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award for Best First Collection.
Stephanie was one of four winners in the Poetry Business 2015/16 Pamphlet Competition, resulting in the publication of ‘Copeland’s Daughter’ in June 2016.
‘Island’, Stephanie’s latest collection was published by Doire Press in April 2018.
Stephanie is currently a PhD Candidate at Ulster University researching the poetry of chronic illness.
Stephanie is the grateful recipient of a number of arts grants and bursaries from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, the John Hewitt Society and the Arts and Disability Forum.