Poetry Reading with Jane Clarke

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Poetry Reading with Jane Clarke

Join Solas Nua and NYU's John Brademas Center for an evening of poetry with Irish poet Jane Clarke.  Jane's recently released third collection is far-reaching and yet precisely rooted in time and place. Her poems explore how people, landscape and culture shape us. Voices of the past and present reverberate with courage and resilience in the face of poverty, prejudice, war and exile and the everyday losses of living. 

Ron Charles, book critic with The Washington Post, will host a public interview with Jane about her new collection.


Friday, September 29th at 7:30pm | NYU Washington, D.C. Abramson Family Auditorium (1307 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20005)

Audiences can attend both in person and online, via Zoom.


Watch the recorded event below or on Youtube:


Irish poet Jane Clarke is the author of three poetry collections and an illustrated poetry booklet. Her three collections were published by Bloodaxe Books, The River  in 2015, When the Tree Falls in 2019 and A Change in the Air in 2023.

A Change in the Air is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2023.

In 2016, The River was the first poetry collection ever shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Award, given for a distinguished work of fiction or non-fiction evoking the spirit of a place. When the Tree Falls was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize 2020, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2020 and the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award 2020 as well as being longlisted for the Royal Society for Literature Ondaatje Award 2020. 'Copper Soles' from When the Tree Falls is one of the highly commended poems in the Forward Book of Poetry 2021.

All the Way Home, an illustrated sequence of poems in response to a family archive of First World War photographs and letters held in the Mary Evans Picture Library, London, was published by Smith|Doorstop in April 2019.

Jane received the Ireland Chair of Poetry Travel Award 2022. In 2016 she received the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry with three poems from The River. She also won the inaugural Listowel Writers' Week Poem of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2016. 

Originally from a farm in Roscommon, Jane now lives in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. She gratefully acknowledges the Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary Award 2021, Covid-19 Response Award 2020 and Literature Bursary Award 2017 and also the Wicklow County Council Artist Support Award 2019 and Culture Ireland support for readings in the UK and US.



Ron Charles (Critic, Book World) writes about books and publishing for The Washington Post. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest. Before moving to the District, he edited the books section of the Christian Science Monitor in Boston. His wife is an English teacher and the cinematographer of their satirical series, “The Totally Hip Video Book Review."

Honors and Awards: Louis Shores Award for reviewing, American Library Association; Arts & Entertainment Commentary, First Place, Society for Features Journalism; Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, National Book Critics Circle; Veritas Media Award, Romance Writers of America

On Monday, August 21st, Solas Nua's monthly Poetry Book Group will discuss Jane Clarke's A Change in the Air. The group meets virtually at 6:30pm.

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