Hugh Maxton is the pseudonym of the academic and critic W.J. McCormack for his poetry and ‘fugitive pieces’.
Born near Aughrim in Co Wicklow in 1947, he has travelled extensively, living in Hungary over a period of ten years. As a consequence he has published translations of such major Hungarian poets as Agnes Nemes Nagy, Sándor Wéöres, and Endre Ady.
His poetry as Hugh Maxton includes Stones (1970); The Noise of the Fields (1976); Jubilee for Renegades Poems 1976-1980 (1982); Passage, with Surviving Poems (1985); .At the Protestant Museum (1986); The Puzzle Tree Ascendant (1988); The Engraved Passion: New and Selected Poems 1970-1991 (1992); Swiftmail (1992); Gubu Roi: Poems and Satires (2000); and Poems 2000-2005 (2005).
Under Hugh Maxton he has also published the memoir Waking: An Irish Protestant Upbringing (1997) with Lagan Press.
He is a member Aosdána, and lives in Monaghan.