Roe McDermott is a writer, journalist, and Fulbright scholar with an MA in Journalism; an MA in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University, where she wrote a thesis on Irish women’s experiences of abortion; and an MFA in Creative Writing from UCD, where her creative thesis was supervised by Booker award winning writer Anne Enright. Roe has been a graduate instructor in SFSU, a guest speaker in Stanford University, and is currently a creative writing instructor in UCD, the Irish Writers Centre and the international writing centre Corporeal Writing.
Roe is also a columnist for The Irish Times, the film editor for Hot Press magazine, and has carved out as a career as a public intellectual in Ireland, frequently contributing to national discussions on culture and politics. Roe’s creative non-fiction essays have been published in The Rumpus, The Coven, and Khora, and in 2020, Roe was awarded the Irish Arts Council’s Next Generation Artist Award for Literature. Her first essay collection exploring trauma, gender and culture is due for release in 2023.