Eileen Sheehan and James Rogers
Chaired by Michael Coady
James Silas Rogers is a poet and essayist in Minnesota. His recent collection of poems, The Collector of Shadows, was published in May. His work has appeared in many places, including the Irish Times and Clifden 35: The Clifden Anthology. He’s also the author of an acclaimed book on cemeteries, Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead. Recently retired as editor of the New Hibernia Review, he has published extensively on Irish- American literature, especially memoir.
Eileen Sheehan lives in Killarney and is originally from Scartaglen, in the Sliabh Luachra area of County Kerry. She has read at festivals in Ireland and abroad including The Shanghai Literary Festival; the ACIS Conference in Davenport, Iowa and The Cork International Poetry Festival. Anthology publications include The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets edited by Joan McBreen (Salmon Poetry); Best Loved Poems: Favourite Poems from the South of Ireland edited by with photographs by John Reidy (Curragh Press) and The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem edited by Eugene O’Connell and Pat Boran (Dedalus Press). One of the poems from her third collection, The Narrow Way of Souls (Salmon Poetry), is on the Leaving Certificate English Syllabus 2019 – 2022. In May of this year, she was Bealtaine Writer in Residence at The Seanchaí Kerry Writers’ Museum, Listowel.
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