Poetry Reading - Julie Morrissy

Thursday, March 23rd

-Doors open 7:00pm / Reading at 7:30pm-

Hillyer Art Space - 9 Hillyer Court

(Dupont Circle Metro - Q Street Exit)


In Glasnevin by Jane Clarke wins the inaugural Irish Poem of the Year award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in Dublin.

In October, poets Jane Clarke and Teri Cross Davis read from their recently published work at Hillyer Art Space,

A wonderful (full house) evening of brilliant poetry, thought provoking participatory art and vibrant discussion at The Hillyer Art Space.

Above, from left to right:
Solas Nua's Paddy Meskell with Visual arts curator and artist Jackie Hoysted, DC based poet Teri Cross Davis and Hennessy award winning poet Jane Clarke at The Hillyer Art Space; poet Teri Cross Davis reading from her book Haint; award winning poet Jane Clarke reading from The River; artist Jackie Hoysted with poets Teri Cross Davis and Jane Clarke.

Wednesday, October 12, 7 pm at The Hillyer Art Space

This event was a wonderful opportunity to engage with these two outstanding poets AND to participate in Jackie Hoysted's new performance art piece #Vote4Pope, a public participatory art project intended to draw attention to the unequal status of women in the Catholic Church in a fun and jestful manner.

Hillyer Art Space - 9 Hillyer Court NW

About the poets

"Jane's poems have a two-fold quality of tenderness - not simply their affectionate respect for people and for ways of life, but also the courage to go close to the raw places, facing the grief and unease which comes from loving what can be or already has been lost."
- Philip Gross, Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009

Jane Clarke's first collection, The River, is published by Bloodaxe Books.

Originally from a farm in Roscommon, Jane now lives near Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. She was shortlisted for the Royal Society for Literature Ondaatje Award 2016 and has won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry. She also won the 2014 Listowel Writers' Week Poetry Collection Award, the 2014 Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition, the inaugural Poems for Patience, 2013; Listowel Writers' Week (2007) and the iYeats (2010) and was shortlisted for the 2013 & 2014 Hennessy Literary Awards.

Visit Jane's website

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is a Cave Canem fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has attended the Soul Mountain Writer's Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is on the Advisory Council of Split This Rock (a biennial poetry festival in Washington DC) and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. Her work has been published in many anthologies including: Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. Her first collection Haint was published in June, 2016 by Gival Press. She lives in Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children.

Visit Teri's website


Author News

Mary Costello was here in Washington last year reading for Solas Nua. Her book Academy Street has beenshortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award . The award winner will be announced June 9, 2016. For details and a full list of the nominees, visit http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie

Also of interest Colin Barrett, a contributor to Solas Nua's Irish Book Day publication "What's the Story" in 2014, has a wonderful new story that was recently published in The New Yorker titled: Anhedonia, Here I Come.

The Attic Sessions: a new and interesting podcast series focusing on contemporary Irish writers and poets.
Listen to a conversation with Lia Mills whose work appears in The Stinging Fly Spring Issue 2016,  here.

The second session now posted here, features music and poetry, with Tony Curtis and Dermot McLaughlin.

Authors from Solas Nua's Literature Series

Jan Carson

Award winning author,  Jan Carson,  currently a community arts organizer in Belfast, returned in early April to Solas Nua's literature series with a reading from her work-in-progress about a young man growing up in East Belfast. Her novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary.

Visit her blog: https://jancarsonwrites.wordpress.com/ and follow her on twitter  @JanCarson7280

Rosemary Jenkinson

Northern Ireland playwright and short story writer Rosemary Jenkinson  read from her new story collection, "Aphrodite's Kiss and Further Stories."

Among her plays is "Johnny Meister and the Stitch," which was produced by Solas Nua. Her new play, "The Dealer of Ballynafeigh,"  opened at The Keegan Theatre in October 2015.

Mary Costello

"Mary Costello is one of those lovely softly spoken writers who is has been quietly juggling home, family and writing for years, pulling together strands of experience with beautiful language to weave stories that stop you in your tracks. It’s been a quiet process, although not without it’s highlights, including being shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. That was until an independent Irish publisher launched her first short story collection.  And then the whole world sat up and took notice."--writing.ie

Read a review of her debut novel here.

Mary read for Solas Nua from her Booker Prize Candidate novel "Academy Street" at the Petworth Citizen Reading Room, 829 Upshur St. NW, Washington, D.C.

In fall, 2014, Solas Nua presented readings by three Irish authors. On September 30th Donal Ryan read for us at Busboys and Poets (5th and K Streets NW). He read from his novels The Thing About December and The Spinning Heart. On October 8th Jan Carson read from her novel Malcom Orange Disappears. And on October 27th Eimear McBride read from A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.

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