October 19, 2018
NYU Washington, DC, Solas Nua, and Copper Nickel presented three of Ireland’s foremost poets and most exciting performers Elaine Feeney, Jessica Traynor and Conor O’Callaghan.
This was a notable evening celebrating these three wonderful poets, the inclusion of their work in the Fall edition of Copper Nickel (the national literary magazine of the United states), and shared in some piercing and thought provoking insight and observations into life and key issues in Ireland today.
Elaine Feeney, from Galway, is both a “performance poet” and a “page poet” who has published three collections: Rise (Salmon, 2017), The Radio Was Gospel (2013), and Where’s Katie? (2010). She has won the Cúirt Festival’s Poetry Grand Slam. Her interdisciplinary piece Wrongheaded, which includes dance, film, and narrative on the subject of bodily choice in Ireland, inspired a film of the same name directed by Mary Wycherley, which is currently touring.
Conor O'Callaghan, from Dundalk, is the author of five poetry collections: Live Streaming (Gallery, 2017), The Sun King (2013), Fiction (2005), Seatown (1999), and The History of Rain (1993). The Irish Times called his novel Nothing on Earth (Doubleday Ireland, 2016) “one of the most impressive pieces of Irish fiction” since the early 1980s. The recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine, O’Callaghan lectures at Sheffield Hallam University in England.
Jessica Traynor, based in Dublin, is the author of the poetry collection Liffey Swim (Dedalus, 2014). Her poems have been broadcast on RTÉ. Named Hennessy New Irish Writer in 2013, Traynor has served as literary manager of the Abbey Theater and currently teaches through the Irish Writers Centre.
Solas Nua, ‘new light’ in Irish, is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. Based in Washington, D.C., Solas Nua's mission is to bring the best new Irish artistic talent to American audiences.
Copper Nickel—the national literary journal housed at the University of Colorado Denver—was founded by poet Jake Adam York in 2002. When York died in 2012, the journal went on hiatus until its re-launch in 2014.
Work published in Copper Nickel has appeared in the Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best Small Fictions, and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and has been listed as “notable” in the Best American Essays anthology.
This event was sponsored by Solas Nua and Culture Ireland.