Beatriz Villacañas is a poet, essayist and literary critic. She is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Universidad Complutense, Madrid. She is a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and History of Toledo. She has translated English and Irish poets such as William Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Michael Hartnett and Brendan Kennelly. She has written numerous articles on Irish Literature and her book Literatura irlandesa (2007) is the first complete study on Irish Literature in the Spanish language.