Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Moloch Showcase Poets

I promised you more details about the Moloch night on July 31st, so here's who's going to read some poems...

Kevin Higgins will be joining us from Galway. Kevin’s first collection of poems, The Boy With No Face, was published in February 2005. The collection was shortlisted for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish Poet. The Boy With No Face was Salmon Poetry’s bestselling book of that year and has recently been reprinted. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published this year.

In 2000, Kevin was chosen to read his poetry as part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions series. He has also read at the CĂșirt International Festival of Literature, The Bowery Poetry Club in New York, and The Poetry Society in London, among others. In June 2002 he was a finalist in the Dublin Writers' Festival/Rattlebag Poetry Slam. His work has been broadcast on national as well as on local radio.

With his wife Susan, Kevin co-organises the Over The Edge literary events in Galway City.

“His is a committed, engaged poetry, shot through with both humour and melancholy.” – Juliet Wilson, in New Hope International Review.

Alan Jude Moore is a Dubliner whose
poetry has been published in a wide range of journals here and abroad, including Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Kestrel (USA), Jacobs Ladder (USA), Pelagos (Italy) – and, of course, Moloch. He took part in the Poetry Ireland Introductions readings in 2001.

Alan’s collection, Black State Cars, was published by Salmon Poetry, and was the recipient of a Salmon Poetry Publication Prize for a first collection.

"What is necessary is to seek new forms and new language to express new ideas and experience. Moore is doing so, and that is what makes Black State Cars an important and essential collection." - Michael S. Begnal, in Poetry Ireland Review

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