The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 29, 14th May 2018

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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HERE THEY ARE!!! The Winter/Spring Chapbook Contest 2017/18 Results

RESULTS The Winter / Spring Chapbook contest 2017/18. With guest judge Kevin Higgins.     HUGE CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE BLUE NIB TO:-   WINNER  Anne Walsh Donnelly – €150.00 SECOND PLACE  Akshaya Pawaskar – €100.00 THIRD PLACE  Bobbie Sparrow  (debutante) – €50.00   HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Sue Johnson Antoinette Rock Michele Ring Grainne Tobin Eithne Lannon Derek Coyle Ceinwen …

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5 Poems by Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is an Irish chef and writer currently living in Chicago. His first collection ‘Somewhere but not Here’ won the RL Poetry Award, 2016 International category and was published late 2017. He has been published worldwide in places such as Warscapes, Spontaneity, Indian Review, Tuck Magazine, The Poetry Bus, The Galway Review, RædLeafPoetry-India, The …

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3 poems from Jennifer Fytelson

JENNIFER FYTELSON is an American poet from the New Jersey area. She holds her BA in English with a concentration in writing from The William Paterson University and a MA in creative writing from the University of Lincoln. Jennifer has been featured in The Mitre, which is Canada’s oldest literary magazine twice and won first …

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5 poems by Robert Klein Engler

Robert Klein Engler  lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a writer and artist. His many publications are available in print or online. Robert holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana and the University of Chicago Divinity School, where, among other subjects, he studied religious art.  Robert is represented by Connect Gallery in Omaha, NE and …

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5 poems by David Subacchi

David Subacchi lives in Wales (UK) where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has published four collections of his poetry in English and one in Welsh. He has also begun to write in Italian.   YOU JUST GOT ON WITH IT (A poem for International Women’s Day) …

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How to cope with Sex Daily.

Opps, that should have read How to cope with Dyslexia, but it got you here, and I promise I will get back to the point of the title shortly. I have spent a number of days looking at writing from the perspective of authors or poets with a mental or physical disability and was both …

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5 poems by Margaret Siu

Margaret Siu is majoring in Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas. Siu additionally has a certificate in Managerial Economics, Business Analytics, and Financial Accounting from Harvard Business School and Mandarin Chinese from the National Taiwan Normal University (國立臺灣師範大學). She is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Apricity Magazine (www.apricitymagazine.com), a …

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