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Friday, June 27, 2014

July Over The Edge Writers' Gathering with Eamon Grennan AND the best of Skylight 47

Eamon Grennan

July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering
at Galway City Library
on Thursday, July 10th
presents a rare reading by renowned poet
Eamon Grennan,
Kernan Andrews, Eleanor Hooker & Drucilla Wall
share their favourite poems from the first three issues of Skylight 47
probably Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication

The July Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering which takes place at Galway City Library on Thursday, July 10th, 6.30-8pm will feature a rare reading by renowned American-based, Irish poet Eamon Grennan and a reading by Kernan Andrews, Eleanor Hooker, and Drucilla Wall of their favourite poems from the first three issues of Skylight 47, probably Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication. Copies of the magazine will be on sale on the evening and can also be purchased online

Skylight 47 is edited by Nicki Griffin, Susan Lindsay, Ruth Quinlan, Marie Cadden, and Bernie Crawford, participants in Poetry Workshops, facilitated by Kevin Higgins, at Galway Arts Centre.  

Eamon Grennan was born in Dublin in 1941 and educated at UCD, where he studied English and Italian, and Harvard, where he received his PhD in English. The Gallery Press has published his poetry collections Wildly For Days (1983), What Light There Is (1987), As If It Matters (1991), So It Goes (1995), Selected and New Poems (2000), Still Life with Waterfall (2001), The Quick of It (2004), Out of Breath (2007) and But the Body (2012). From 1974 he taught at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, until he retired as the Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Professor of English. He teaches in the graduate writing programmes of New York University and Columbia University. Eamon divides his time between the US and the west of Ireland.

Drucilla Wall was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She teaches poetry and essay writing, and Native American literature, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 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, was published in 2011 by Salmon Poetry and warmly reviewed in the Irish Times and elsewhere.

Eleanor Hooker lives in North Tipperary. She has an MPhil in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Trinity College, Dublin. She is a founding member and Vice-Chairperson of the Dromineer Literary Festival. She is a helm and Press Officer for the Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. In 2011: she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. In February 2012, her debut collection of poetry, The Shadow Owner’s Companion was launched by The Dedalus Press. Eleanor Hooker is the judge for this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, the deadline for which is Wednesday, August 6th.

Kernan Andrews is from Galway and is the arts editor and political correspondent of the Galway Advertiser. He writes short stories in his spare time and has been published in The Galway Review and elsewhere. He has read his work at the Cúirt Festival in 2013 and 2014; as part of the launch for NUI Galway's theatre events in the Galway Fringe Festival 2013; and at numerous Over The Edge open mics. Kernan was a Featured Reader at the August 2013 Over The Edge: Open Reading.

All welcome. There is no entry fee.

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