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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

July Writers' Gathering presents Doire Press Showcase, Launch of 'The Geese at the Gates' by Drucilla Wall & a reading by Los Angeles Poet John Menaghan

The Over The Edge July Writers’ Gathering presents a special showcase reading by poets and fiction writers published by Galway county based Doire Press. Gerry Galvin, Susan Lindsay, Susan Millar DuMars and Doire Press publisher John Walsh will read their work at The Kitchen @ The Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway on Thursday, July 14th, 8pm. The evening will include a reading by Los Angeles poet John Menaghan and the Galway launch of The Geese at the Gates, the exciting debut poetry collection by St. Louis based poet, Drucilla Wall, just published by Salmon Poetry. All are welcome.

Drucilla Wall was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She teaches poetry and essay writing, and Native American literature, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In addition to poetry, her essays appear in journals and anthologies. She has earned awards and fellowships for her work, including the Mari Sandoz Prairie Schooner Short Story Award, the Western Literature Association Willa Pilla Prize for Humor in Writing, and University of Nebraska Fling and Larson Fellowships. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has spent summers with family and friends in Wexford and Galway, Ireland, since 1985. Her debut collection of poetry, The Geese at the Gates, is just published by Salmon Poetry.

Gerry Galvin was born in Limerick in 1942 but now lives in Oughterard, Co. Galway. He is a chef and former restaurateur, author of two cookbooks, The Drimcong Food Affair (McDonald Publishing, 1992) and Everyday Gourmet (The O’Brien Press, 1997), and is a columnist for Organic Matters magazine. His poetry and short stories have been published in newspapers and magazines in both the U.K. and Ireland. His first collection of poems, No Recipe, was published by Doire Press last year. Gerry’s crime novel, Killer ála Carte, will be published soon also by Doire Press.

Susan Lindsay is originally from Dublin but now lives in Galway. She has read her work at Over the Edge literary events, Clifden Arts Week and Mythic Links, and was a member of the Faber Academy, Dubin poetry class in 2010. A social work graduate (TCD, 1975), she has been a psychotherapist, group leader, workshop facilitator and trainer for over thirty years. This year Susan was selected to take part in the 2011 Poetry Ireland Introductions series of readings. Her first book of poetry, Whispering the Secrets, was published by Doire Press in March.

Susan Millar DuMars was born in Philadelphia. She has been short-listed for the Cúirt New Writing Prize and the START chapbook prize. Her fiction was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2005 and was showcased in a mini-collection, American Girls (Lapwing Publications) in 2007. Susan has also published two volumes of poems with Salmon Poetry. Her short story collection Lights In The Distance was published by Doire Press in December 2010.

John Walsh was born in Derry. His first collection, Johnny tell Them, was published in 2006 by Guildhall Press. In 2007 he received a Publication Award from Galway County Council to publish his second collection Love's Enterprise Zone. His third collection, Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. His poems have been published in Ireland, the UK, Austria and the United States. He is organizer of North Beach Poetry Nights in Galway and founder of Doire Press.

John Menaghan born in New Jersey, has lived in Boston, Berkeley, Vancouver, Syracuse, London, Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Gortahork, and Dingle, & presently makes his home in Venice, CA. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and other awards, he has given readings in Ireland, England, France, Hungary, and the U.S. He has also had several short plays produced in Los Angeles. John teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Director of both the Irish Studies and Summer in Ireland programs and runs the LMU Irish Cultural Festival. He has published three collections of poems with Salmon Poetry, the most recent of which is What Vanishes (2009).

There is no entrance fee. The Kitchen @ The Museum has a wine licence. 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.