"A Celebration of American/Irish Poets" - Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 25
5 - 6 p.m.
Attic Window Room - 137C, Plemmons Student Union

“Open-Eyed, Full-Throated: An Anthology of American/Irish Poets” centers on the premise that scholarly work in Irish Studies makes its contributors knowing observers of Irish culture, positioned to perceive complexity and nuance, aware of their distance from the language and society they study, yet often moved to intensities of speech by what they observe and experience and comprehend. The anthology introduces forty-four voices, distinct and distinctive, together forming a chorus of focused intensity. Most of these poets share an Irish heritage, and the matter of Ireland – its landscapes, its myths, its literary riches, its vexed colonial past, its recent sectarian Troubles, its sexual repressions, its economic tribulations, its ecological challenges, its increasing cultural diversity – permeate its pages. In poems of loss, outrage, exhilaration, contemplation and humor, the writers collected here offer responses to Ireland that intrigue, satisfy and sustain.

This reading will be performed by Dr. Adrian Rice from University College and Dr. Kathryn Kirkpatrick from the Department of English. Rice’s poetry and works are featured in “Open-Eyed, Full-Throated” and he has taught English and creative writing at Appalachian State University since 2005. Kirkpatrick’s research and academic speciality focuses on poetry and poetics, Irish literature and culture, ecocriticism and ecofeminism and animal studies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and University Libraries.


About the Department of English
The Department of English at Appalachian State University is committed to outstanding work in the classroom, the support and mentorship of students, and a dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory and literature. The department offers master’s degrees in English and rhetoric and composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, professional writing and English education. Learn more at https://english.appstate.edu.

About University Libraries
University Libraries at Appalachian State University contributes to the campus mission of learning, teaching, advancing knowledge, engagement and effectiveness. Belk Library and Information Commons along with the Nicholas Erneston Music Library provide academic resources for all students and faculty. Within the library, students and faculty find group and quiet study spaces, the Digital Media Studio, the inspire lab, the Idea Factory, digital devices to check out, and special collections such as the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection and Instructional Materials Center. Learn more at https://library.appstate.edu.

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Published: Apr 18, 2019 11:16am