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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Salmon Poetry launches first collections by Lorna Shaughnessy & Susan Millar DuMars

Big Pink Umbrella by Susan Millar DuMars & Torching the Brown River by Lorna Shaughnessy

Salmon Poetry invites you to celebrate the publication of two debut poetry collections

Big Pink Umbrella
by Susan Millar DuMars


Torching the Brown River
by Lorna Shaughnessy

Venue: The City Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway

Date/Time: Saturday 19th April, 1pm

Launch introductions by Dolores Lyne & Moya Cannon

With music by pianist Anna Mullarkey

Susan Millar DuMars was born in Philadelphia in 1966. She holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her poems and short stories have been published widely in the US, UK and Ireland. Her poetry was included in the 2004 Anthology I, published by Ainnir; in 2005, Lapwing published a pamphlet of her poems, the well reviewed Everyone Loves Me. Susan's stories have been short-listed for many awards, and in 2005 she received an Irish Arts Council Bursary for her fiction. American Girls, a volume of her short stories, was published by Lapwing in 2007. Susan lives in Galway, Ireland. Since 2003, Susan and her husband Kevin Higgins have organised the successful Over the Edge reading series, showcasing new writers. Big Pink Umbrella is the first full collection of her poetry.

Millar DuMars' sense of language, ingrained in the poet's attitude toward her poems, is why they can move such extraordinary distances in tone, language and theme, building to conclusions of breath-taking clarity and directness. Patricia Prime, New Hope International Review

Susan Millar DuMars will not rush sadness, but instead makes language do its poignant job of revealing and evoking strong feelings... Her style of retelling is unique; she doesn't mince her words, she spares them and makes them work. Rita Ann Higgins

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Lorna Shaughnessy was born in Belfast and lives in County Galway. She lectures in the Department of Spanish, NUI Galway. In 2006 she was selected to read at the inaugural Cúirt Festival Over The Edge showcase reading. She has published two translations of contemporary Mexican poetry, Mother Tongue. Selected Poems by Pura López Colomé and If We Have Lost our Oldest Tales by María Baranda, both with Arlen House (2006). Torching the Brown River is her first full collection of poetry.

Lorna Shaughnessy's first collection of poetry explores the nature of loss, the possibility of change and the ephemeral world of relationships. Her heart is her true barometer as she weaves a delicate web of verse. This assured collection, with its arduous sense of enquiry, crosses borderlines of time and space, speech and silence, mapping the poet’s creative journey with an eye firmly on the rear-view mirror. En route, we encounter the poet’s great gift for apt metaphors with their surprising signposts that lead to fresh engagements with the world of myth and reality. Noel Monahan

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For further information, please contact Jessie or Siobhán at 065-7081941 or email

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