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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June Over The Edge Writers' Gathering - Nathalie Anderson, Celeste Augé, John Menaghan, Ger Burke, Quincy Lehr, John Walsh

June Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering
at Galway City Library
Thursday, June 26th, 6.30-8pm
visiting American poets
Nathalie Anderson, John Menaghan,
& Quincy Lehr
Nathalie Anderson 

by Celeste Augé, Ger Burke
& John Walsh
from the anthology
Over the Edge – the first ten years
(edited by Susan Millar DuMars)
published by Salmon poetry, December 2013

The June  Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering presents readings by visiting American poets Natalie Anderson, John Menaghan & Quincy Lehr plus readings by Celeste Augé, Ger Burke & John Walsh from the recent anthology Over The Edge-the first ten years. As well as reading their own contribution to the book Celeste, Gerardine & John will each also read work by one other writer featured in Over the Edge-the first ten years. Celeste Augé will read a poem by Sandra Bunting; Ger Burke will read a poem by Jarlath Fahy; and John Walsh will read poems by Adam White.  

Over the Edge: the first ten years is edited by Susan Millar DuMars and was published late last year by Salmon. This lively and varied anthology includes poetry & fiction by forty seven writers who have published a first book since being Featured Readers at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library. Over The Edge has, during the past decade, been a vital platform for emerging writers in Ireland and beyond. This book celebrates the writers who have emerged via Over The Edge thus far. 

All are welcome to attend. The book will be on sale on the evening. It can also be purchased directly from the Salmon website and at all bookshops in Galway City. 

The event will take place at Galway City Library, St. August Street, Galway on Thursday, June 26th, 6.30-8pm. All are welcome. There is no cover charge.

Nathalie Anderson directs the creative writing program at Swarthmore College outside of Philadelphia, and serves also as Arts Representative for the American Conference for Irish Studies. She has authored three books of poetry – Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, and Quiver – and libretti for three operas – The Black Swan; Sukey in the Dark; and an operatic version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia.

John Menaghan is a winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and other awards, he has published poems and articles in various journals and given readings in Ireland, England, France, Hungary, and the U.S. He has also had several short plays produced in Los Angeles. Menaghan teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. John’s fourth collection of poems, Here and Gone was published by Salmon in February.

Quincy R. Lehr, the associate editor of The Raintown Review, is the author of several poetry collections, most recently Shadows and Gifts (2013) and the book-length Heimat (2014). His poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous venues in North America, Europe, and Australia, and he lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches history.

Celeste Augé was a Featured Reader at the February 2005 Over The Edge: Open Reading. She is the author of The Essential Guide to Flight (Salmon, 2009) and the collection of short stories Fireproof and Other Stories (Doire Press, 2012). She has received an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary for her poetry. In 2011, she won the Cúirt New Writing Prize for Fiction. She lives in Connemara. 

Ger Burke was a Featured Reader at the October 2004 Over The Edge: Open Reading. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Francis McManus Short Story Award and long-listed for the Fish Histories Prize and the 2012 Fish Flash Fiction Competition. Her novel, My Father’s Lands, was published in 2010 by Wordsonthestreet. Braided Loves, Ger’s new novel, was published in 2013. She is a member of the editorial board of Crannóg. 

John Walsh was a Featured Reader at the April 2003 Over The Edge: Open Reading. He has published three poetry collections, the most recent of which, Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot was published by Salmon in 2010. John received a Galway County Council Publication Award for his debut short story collection Border Lines (Doire Press, 2012). 

For further information contact 087-6431748.