Biographies

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Linda Opyr

Linda Opyr was the Nassau County Poet Laureate 2011-13. She is the author of seven collections of poetry and her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Hudson Review, The Atlanta Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and The New York Times. Her work also appeared in Crannog 45 in the summer of 2017. She was the Visiting Poet in the 1999-2000 Writers Series at Roger Williams University. In addition, she has been featured in the 2012 Walking With Whitman Series and the 2002-03 Poetry Series at Long Island University, the C.W. Post Campus; and has served on the poetry faculty of the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf. In April of 2001 the Suffolk County Legislature presented her with a Proclamation for her work. The poet holds a Doctor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from St. John’s University. The poet lives on Long Island, New York.

Patrick Chapman

Patrick Chapman was born in Co Roscommon.

With Philip Casey he co-founded the Irish Literary Revival website. With Dimitra Xidous he founded and edits the online poetry and art magazine The Pickled Body.

His poetry collections are Jazztown (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1991); The New Pornography (The Cliffs of Moher, Salmon, 1996); Breaking Hearts And Traffic Lights (Salmon, 2007); A Shopping Mall On Mars (Buffalo, NY, BlazeVOX Books, 2008); and published by Salmon, The Darwin Vampires (2010); A Promiscuity of Spines (2012); and Slow Clocks of Decay (2016).
His stories are collected as The Wow Signal, (Portishead, Bluechrome, 2007), and two novellas are published as The Negative Cutter (Dublin, Arlen House, 2014).

His audio plays include Doctor Who: Fear of the Daleks (London, Big Finish, 2007) and Dan Dare: Operation Saturn (London, B7 Media, 2016). He has written for children’s television internationally.
Chapman’s work was shortlisted for the Ian St James Award in 1990, and for a Hennessy award in 1995 and 1999, and his story, ‘A Ghost’, won first prize in the story category of the 2003 Cinescape Genre Literary Competition in Los Angeles.
He adapted his own short story for the film, Burning The Bed (2003), which stars Gina McKee and Aidan Gillen, and was a prizewinner at the 2004 Worldfest in Houston, Texas.

Noel Monahan

Noel Monahan was born in Granard, Co Longford.

His collections are Opposite Walls (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1991); Snowfire (Salmon Poetry, 1995); Curse of the Birds (Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon Publishing, 2001); The Funeral Game (Salmon Publishing, 2004); and Where the Wind Sleeps: New and Selected Poems (Salmon Publishing,2014).
In 2001 he won the SeaCat National Poetry Award, organised by Poetry Ireland. Also in 2001 he won the RTÉ P.J. O’Connor Award for his play Broken Cups. In 2002 he won the ASTI Achievements Award for his contribution to literature at home and abroad. Other awards include The Allingham Poetry Award and The Kilkenny Prize for Poetry.
He is co-editor of Windows Publications with Heather Brett and lives in Cavan.

Gerard Smyth

Gerard Smyth was born in Dublin in 1951 and began publishing poetry in the late 1960s. The old Liberties area of the city, where he grew up, has influenced, and features in, much of the poetry he has written. He has worked all his professional life as a journalist with The Irish Times with responsibility for arts coverage. He is currently the newspaper’s poetry editor. He was elected a member of Aosdana in May 2009. In 2011 he received the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota. He is co-editor, with Pat Boran, of “If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song” (Dedalus Press), published and chosen as Dublin’s One City, One Book for 2014. He has published over ten poetry collections, most of them with Dedalus Press.

Recently he has collaborated with artist Seán McSweeney in exploring their personal links to the landscape of County Meath where Smyth spent many summers during his childhood and adolescence, close to where McSweeney also spent his first years. This collaboration resulted in the book and exhibition, The Yellow River, with poems by Smyth and watercolours and drawings by McSweeney.

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