Distinguished Irish poets Conor O’Callaghan and Vona Groarke will read from their most recent collections of poetry, Fiction and Juniper Street respectively, on Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m. at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House, One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue). A featured event in the NYU Creative Writing Program Fall Reading Series, the reading is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212.998.8816. This event is co-sponsored by Glucksman Ireland House.
O’Callaghan is the author of The History of Rain and Seatown and has received numerous awards, including The Patrick Kavanagh Award, The Rooney Prize Special Award, and The Times Educational Fellowship. Fiction was short-listed for the Irish Times Now Prize. O’Callaghan and his wife,Vona Groarke, co-held the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2004-05; they are currently teaching at Wake Forest University.
Groarke’s collections of poetry include Shale, Other People’s Houses, and Flight, which was short-listed for the U.K.’s premier poetry award, the Forward Prize, and was awarded the Michael Hartnett Prize in Ireland in 2003.
The next event in the NYU Creative Writing Program Fall Series takes place on November 3, featuring celebrated fiction writer Junot Díaz.
The NYU Creative Writing Program, with permanent faculty members E.L. Doctorow, Paule Marshall, Breyten Breytenbach, Philip Levine, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Sharon Olds, has distinguished itself for over three decades as a leading national center for the study of literature and writing. The Reading Series, sponsored in cooperation with the NYU Book Centers and the Fales Collection at NYU, is a vital component of the Writing Program, bringing both established and new writers to NYU.