Thursday, June 03, 2010

June Writers' Gathering at Sheridan's Wine Bar: Denise Blake, Quincy Lehr, Aidan Hynes & Ger Burke

Denise Blake

Over The Edge presents readings by poets, Denise Blake & Quincy Lehr and fiction writers, Aidan Hynes & Ger Burke at Sheridan’s Wine Bar, 14-16 Church Yard Street, Galway on Friday, June 18th, 8pm.

Denise Blake was born in Ohio in 1958. Her family returned to Ireland in 1969 where she grew up in Co. Donegal. Her second collection of poems, How to spin without getting dizzy is just published by Summer Palace Press. She is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio One and her work is included in four Sunday Miscellany anthologies. She received an MA in poetry from Lancaster University / Poets’ House. Recently her poetry was included in the anthology, Landing Places, Immigrant Poets in Ireland.

Quincy Lehr’s first collection of poems, Across the Grid of Streets, was described by Fiona Sampson in the Irish Times as showing “much energy and narrative talent.” Lehr’s poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous journals in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia, and the Czech Republic, and he is the associate editor of the Raintown Review. He curates the long-running Carmine Street Metrics reading in New York with Wendy Sloan, and he co-founded Modern Metrics Press with R. Nemo Hill in 2006. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

A native of Co. Mayo, Aidan Hynes is a teacher and writer based in Dublin. In the 1990s, Aidan was a founder member of American New Irish Artists and Emigrants Network. He has published short fiction in various magazines, newspapers and journals, including the short story anthology Ireland In Exile, The Irish Times and The Irish Echo (New York). He has read his work at venues in the US, Spain and Ireland, including Galway City Library as a Featured Over The Edge Reader in 2007. His short fiction has been a runner up in the George Moore Gold Medal Award (2004) and Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year (2007). In 2008 he was awarded a full Arts Literature Bursary from Dublin City Council for a work of fiction he has recently completed.

Ger Burke spent the years of early childhood on a farm in Co Galway. Having lived in London and later Boston, Ger returned to live in Co Mayo. Her just published novel My Father's Lands was started in Holyoke College, Massachusetts and finished on the shores of Galway Bay. A former teacher of English and History Ger has had many literary successes, both in print and radio, since becoming a full-time writer. She is a member of the editorial board of Crannóg magazine and was a Featured Reader at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library back in 2004. My Father's Lands is her first novel.

There is no entrance fee. All welcome. For further information contact 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of the Arts Council and Galway City Council.