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Next (Virtual) Meeting:

Friday, February 12

7:00 PM (Mountain Time)

A Poetry Salon with Three of Ireland's Finest Poets!

For our second general meeting of 2021, we are planning a virtual poetry salon with three contemporary Irish poets: Paul Muldoon, Attracta Fahey, and Adrian Rice.

This event is free and open to the public

(but donations will be gratefully accepted).

To join the meeting on February 12, if you are not already an IAS member, please send an email to Ellen to receive the Zoom link:

About the poets:

Paul Muldoon  was born in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1951 in a farming family of the Nationalist (Catholic) tradition. Muldoon’s mentor and friend was the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Now a US citizen, Paul Muldoon has taught at Princeton University for more than thirty years and served as Poetry Editor of the New Yorker magazine. He and his wife, novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz, live in New York City.  Muldoon is the author of thirteen collections of poetry, including his latest, Frolic and Detour (2019). The New York Times Book Review has described him as “one of the great poets of the past hundred years."  Among his awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award.

Adrian Rice  is from Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He grew up in the working-class Loyalist (“Protestant”) community there. He graduated from the University of Ulster. He has taught and lectured throughout the UK and Ireland, and in America and on radio and TV. Adrian and his wife Molly live in Hickory, North Carolina, where he teaches English literature and teams up with fellow Belfast man, musician/songwriter Alan Mearns, to form "The Belfast Boys," a dynamic Irish traditional music duo. His latest book is The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1986-2017. Rice’s poems are also included in Open-Eyed, Full-Throated: An Anthology of American/Irish Poets (2019).

Attracta Fahy  has a background in farming, nursing, and Social Care. She works in private practice as an Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapist/Supervisor, and lives in rural  County Galway with her children. She won the 2019 The Irish Times New Irish Writing award. Her new book is Dinner In The Fields, published 2020. The title poem, Fahy explains, charts a "journey from childhood to a now ageing woman,” as she reflects on “how nature resonates our humanity, also normalising what would have once been considered abnormal. I touch on social issues like domestic violence, challenge orthodoxy, and our present collective crisis.” Attracta reads online often on Cultivating Voices and other Facebook/Zoom poetry gatherings.

This Irish Poetry Salon is being supported by kind donations from Jules Poetry Playhouse LLC of Placitas, NM and the New Mexico State Poetry Society.

Thanks to both fine organizations!

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