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U.S. Tour (November 2011)

U.S. Tour of Volume XIV of the Cork Literary Review

Introduction:

This year’s Cork Literary Review (Volume XIV) showcases poetry from writers on both sides of the Atlantic. Volume XIV of this seminal Irish review, edited by Eugene O’Connell, is a deluxe 400-page hardback edition, celebrating 25 years of Bradshaw Books Publishing in Ireland. Highlights from Volume XIV include interviews with the Irish Ambassador, James J. Sharkey, a childhood friend of Seamus Heaney; and Liadain O’Donovan, the daughter of Frank O’Connor. The review will also feature the inaugural American section, edited and introduced by the poet Brian Turner.

We are delighted to announce that Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s 2011 initiative to promote Irish arts in the United States, and Cork City Council Twinning have agreed to fund a five city tour of Volume XIV in America.

The Cork Launch:

On Thursday 27 October, Lord Mayor Cllr. Terry Shannon will be presented with the Cork Literary Review Volume XIV by its editor Eugene O’Connell. As part of this presentation, the Lord Mayor will officially launch the 2011 International Tour of the Review, which will see the acclaimed anthology of Irish poetry and essays tour five cities in the US, first stop San Francisco. The San Francisco launch is funded by Cork City Council Twinning, showing their continued commitment to the cultural exchange between the two cities, offering Cork writers an opportunity to be read by new audiences internationally.

The American Tour:

San Francisco Launch
On Wednesday 9th of November, Gerry Staunton, Consul General of Ireland, will be launching the Cork Literary Review Volume XIV in Irish Cultural Centre. Review Editor Eugene O’Connell and Director of Poetry Ireland Joseph Woods will read some highlights from the Review which showcases poetry from writers on both sides of the Atlantic. With Irish music and a wine reception, this promises to be an evening celebrating the best of Irish culture.

Berkeley Launch
On Tuesday 8th of November, Irish poet Eugene O’Connell will be launching the Cork Literary Review Volume XIV in Moe’s Books, as part of the five city tour of the poetry anthology in the US. Director of Poetry Ireland Joseph Woods will read some highlights from the Review which showcases poetry from writers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Chicago Launch
On Saturday 12th of November, James Rogers, Managing Editor of the New Hibernia Review (published by the University of St. Thomas), will be launching the Cork Literary Review Volume XIV as part of the iBAM! Festival in the Irish Heritage Center. Editor Eugene O’Connell and Director of Poetry Ireland Joseph Woods will read some highlights from the anthology which showcases poetry from writers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Boston Launch
On Tuesday 15th of November, Professor Thomas O’Grady, Director of Irish Studies and Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts, will be launching the Cork Literary Review Volume XIV as part of a evening of Irish-themed readings organised by the Dorchester writing group, Write on the Dot. Review Editor Eugene O’Connell and Director of Poetry Ireland Joseph Woods will read some highlights from the anthology which showcases poetry from writers on both sides of the Atlantic.

New York Launch
On Thursday 17th of November, Irish poet Eugene O’Connell will be launching the Cork Literary Review Volume XIV in the Irish Arts Center, as part of the five city tour of the poetry anthology in the US. Director of Poetry Ireland Joseph Woods will read some highlights from the Review, which showcases poetry from writers on both sides of the Atlantic. Representing the inaugural American Section (edited by Brian Turner) poet Eleanor Wilner, author The Girl with Bees in Her Hair, will read samples of her award-winning work.

Who will be launching the Cork Literary Review:

Eugene O’Connell is the editor of the Cork Literary Review. Born in Kiskeam in north-west Cork in 1951, he has published three collections of poems, including One Clear Call (Bradshaw Books) and Diviner (Three Spires Press). His book of translations, Flying Blind (from the Latvian, by Guntar Godins), was published by Southword Editions, as part of the Cork European City of Culture translation series in 2005. His work has been read internationally, most recently at the Shanghai Expo 2010 as part of the Munster Literature Centre / Shanghai Writers literature exchange. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, including The Irish Times. He is currently working on a book of memoirs , entitled A Far Country, and a new poetry collection.

Brian Turner, born 1967, is an American poet and the winner of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award for his debut collection, Here, Bullet,(Alice James Books) the first of many awards and honors received for this collection of poems about his experience as a soldier in theIraq War. His honors since include a Lannan Literary Fellowship and NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. His second collection, shortlisted for the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize, is Phantom Noise (Alice James Books, 2010).

Joseph Woods (born 1966) is an Irish poet and Director of Poetry Ireland since 2001. His two collections, Sailing to Hokkaido (2001) and Bearings (2005), are published by Worple Press, UK. For his first book, he won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2000. He co-edited Our Shared Japan (Dedalus Press, 2007) an anthology of contemporary Irish poetry concerning Japan. He has read widely, including at the Dublin Writers’ Festival, Sahitya Akademi of Letters, New Delhi, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires, IASIL Japan International Conference, Kobe and the International Poetry Festival of Medellín.

To find out more about this year’s tour, including the other Irish dates that are taking place, take a look at our online brochure here.