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Featured Poet Brian Kirk

Featured Poet Brian Kirk Brian Kirk is an award-winning poet and short story writer from Dublin. His children’s novel The Rising Son was published in December 2015. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2013 and highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2014 and 2015. His first poetry collection After …

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Featured Poet Brian Kirk

Brian Kirk is an award-winning poet and short story writer from Dublin. His children’s novel The Rising Son was published in December 2015. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2013 and highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2014 and 2015. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published …

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Faith Atuhumuze – the food aid chain

Faith lives and writes in Uganda. Her work has appeared in poetry anthologies such as “imagine. explore. create. inspire.” and “the alphabet soup poetry anthology” and has also been featured on literary websites the likes of Tangled Routes. Her works revolve around the themes of rural living and vulnerability, hunger, migration, othered-ness and on a …

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In Conversation with Emma McKervey

Emma McKervey won the 2015 PoetryNI/Translink Poetry Competition and in 2016 she was shortlisted for both the NI National Poetry Competition and the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards’ Poem of the Year Award. In 2017 she had two poems highly commended for the Seamus Heaney Prize. She is also a professionally-trained musician, having played cello …

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5 Poems from Steve Klepetar

Steve Klepetar has recently relocated to the Berkshires in Massachusetts after 36 years in Minnesota. His work has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including three in 2017. Recent collections include A Landscape in Hell (Flutter Press), How Fascism Comes to America (Locofo Chaps), and Why Glass Shatters (One …

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Featured poet.

My name is Eileen Hugo and I am a poet. I am retired and doing all the things I love. The Austin International Poetry Festival was one of my favorite places to listen to and read poetry. Four of my poems have been chosen for the Di-verse-city Anthology. I also won a first prize for …

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Maeve O’Sullivan Featured Poet: review of her new collection, Elsewhere, by Shirley Bell, along with 4 poems from the collection.

Elsewhere, around the world in poetry, haiku & haibun, Maeve O’Sullivan, Alba Publishing, ISBN 9781910185773, Paperback. 110pp, Publication: November 2017, €12 / £10 / $15   One of Maeve O’Sullivan’s aims it to take haikai (haiku and related forms) out of what she describes in the preface “as the quasi-ghetto” it occupies “in the wider …

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Spotlighted Poet, Geraldine O’Kane

Geraldine O’Kane is a poet, creative writing facilitator, arts administrator and mental health advocate. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, journals and zines in Ireland, the UK and the US, most recently Arlen House, Ascent Aspirations, Eyewear Publishing, FourXFour Poetry Journal, Flare Magazine, The Galway Review, Poethead, Lagan Press Online and Poems in …

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Featured Poet Joan McNerney

I am from Brooklyn, New York and fell in love with poetry when I was nine years old.  My first publication was in Young America Sings when I was fourteen. It has been a long and wonderful journey. After retiring from the advertising business, I have moved to lovely upstate New York near the Albany area.  The …

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James Walton. Poet of the week.

James Walton is a Gippsland poet published in newspapers, journals and anthologies. Short listed twice for the ACU National Literature Prize, a double prize winner in the MPU International Poetry Prize, and Specially Commended in The Welsh Poetry Competition – his collection ‘The Leviathan’s Apprentice’ was published in 2015. . . . Timekeeper’s Vigil   …

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Featured Poet Therese Kieran

Therese Kieran lives in Belfast. She enjoys writing poetry.  In 2016, with Arts Council funding for the Death Box project, she conceived and curated an exhibition of poetry and prose that included contributions from 25 writers. As part of this project, she and project partner, Lucy Beevor, hosted Northern Ireland’s first Death Café. In October …

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Featured Poet. Anne McMaster

About Anne Anne McMaster is a poet and professional playwright who lives on an old farm in rural mid-Ulster. She was a finalist in the FSNI Poetry Competition in 2015 and shortlisted for the 2016 Bangor Poetry Competition. Her work has been published in 19,751 Words: an Anthology, in Paper Plane Pilots, The Honest Ulsterman …

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Featured Poet. Luiz Canha Machado

Luiz Canha Machado was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1971. He started writing poetry at the age of sixteen, drawing inspiration from his own life, the XIX Century Romanticism and the counterculture movements of the XX Century. He first wrote exclusively in his mother tongue but soon began to write in English also. Since then …

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Featured Poet Shirley Bell

Shirley Bell is a widely published and anthologised poet as well as an experienced workshop tutor and writer-in-residence. Her poetry is archived in the Special Collection in the University of Lincoln’s Library and as a result, she has collected together all her published poetry from 1982 to early 2016 in her book, Dark is a Way …

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Featured Poet Iris Orpi

Featured Poet Iris Orpi was born and raised in the Philippines. She’s always had two passions, writing and mathematics. She was first exposed to poetry studying the pieces written by Filipino laureates, Dr. José Rizal, Francisco Balagtas, and Amado V. Hernandez, while studying at a prestigious high school in Manila with a science-and-math-heavy curriculum. Iris …

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