Irish poets visit the Book Festival

PIRThree Irish poets will visit this year’s Iowa City Book Festival in a partnership with Poetry Ireland, an organization based in the Dublin City of Literature.

We will be joined by Nell Regan, Afric McGlinchey, and Jim Maguire. McGlinchey and Maguire, are featured in “The Rising Generation,” an issue of the Poetry Ireland Review, a publication of Poetry Ireland.

The three will appear twice at the festival. They will do a joint reading at 11:30 a.m. in the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, and will appear at 2:30 p.m. at the downtown Java House as part of the panel “Iris-American Cultural Connections.”

“We are pleased to welcome another contingent of poets from our fellow City of Literature,” said Iowa City of Literature director John Kenyon, noting that a similar partnership brought Irish poets to the 2012 festival. “Such projects allow us to take full advantage of our designation.

Regan is a poet and non-fiction writer based in Dublin. She has published three collections of poetry, most recently One Still Thing, Enitharmon Press (London, 2014) She has been a Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and a Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley.

McGlinchey’s well-received debut, The lucky star of hidden things (Salmon Poetry, 2012), was translated and published in Italy by L’Arcolaio. Nominated for the Pushcart and Forward prizes, her work has appeared in journals worldwide and been translated into five languages. Her second collection, Ghost of the Fisher Cat, was nominated for the 2016 Forward prize

Maguire has received several awards for his work, including the Strokestown International Poetry Prize (2012), the Brendan Kennelly Prize and an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary. His book, Music Field (Poetry Salzburg), was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish poet in 2014.