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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

North Beach Poetry Nights Slam at The Crane Bar with Iggy McGovern & Stephen Powers

North Beach Poetry Nights presents on (next) Monday October 5th at 9 pm in The Crane Bar, Sea Road, Galway

The North Beach Poetry Nights' October 2009 Slam and a double line-up with Guest Poets:
Iggy McGovern (Dublin) and Stephen Powers (Madison, Wisconsin)

Iggy McGovern was born in Coleraine and lives in Dublin. His poems have appeared widely in both journal and anthology formats, as well as in the "Poetry In Motion" series on DART trains. Awards include the McCrea Literary Award, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary and the Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry. He also won the RTE Rattlebag Slam. A first collection, The King of Suburbia, published by Dedalus Press in 2005, received the inaugural Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry in 2006. He is Associate Professor of Physics at Trinity College.

Stephen Powers was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew up in the cornfields of nearby Sun Prairie. While working on his PhD in English he wrote a stand-up act about his hearing impairment and performed for several years in comedy clubs and casinos around the American Midwest. Today he splits his time between Milwaukee and Georgia, where he teaches at Gordon College and enjoys the beaches of Tybee Island. The Follower's Tale (Salmon Poetry) is his first book.

'Like nothing else in Tennessee or anywhere else, Stephen Roger Powers' The Follower's Tale explores the lovestorms,  hardships and delights long yarned and yodeled in country songs, but this whirlwind of a collection at once ironizes, subverts and deepens the miseries  and joys of yearning without ever taking its eyes off the miraculous Dolly Parton.'

Dear Stephen,
I was so touched that I still have tears, and a few dropped on your poems.
I will always love you,’ Dolly Parton

Poets wishing to take part in the 2-Round Slam please bring along two three-minute poems, preferrably memorized. The winner of each month's Slam goes forward to the 2009 North Beach Poetry Nights' Grand Slam in December 2009. The prize for the Grand Slam winner is publication of a collection of her/his work.

Admission 5/ 3 Euro.

North Beach Poetry Nights gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council and Galway City Council.

info: john walsh @ 091-593290