The Mason City Public Library is proud to announce a visit by two contemporary Irish poets on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Joan McBreen and Noel Monahan will read selections from their poetry collections in the Mason City Room during this free program.
Joan McBreen is from Sligo in the northwest of Ireland, a major port city which means "Shelly River" in Gaelic. She was awarded an MA from University College, Dublin in 1997. Her poetry is published widely in Ireland and abroad and has been broadcast, anthologized and translated into several languages. She has given readings and talks in many universities in the US and is on her third major tour of the Midwest since 2010. In her fourth poetry anthology, Heather Island, Joan interrogates loss and completes a tentative journey of renewal. There is a serenity and sense of liberation in her poems of acceptance. This poet of autumn revisits the “browning bracken” and “the late blackberries” while also traveling far beyond the comfort of the familiar.
Noel Monahan was born in Granard, County Longford, in the north of Ireland between the River Shannon and the River Erne. He holds an M.A. in Creative Writing. He has won many Irish national literary awards and has six poetry anthologies in print. His latest, Where the Wind Sleeps: New & Selected Poems, a series of meditative sonnets, takes him from the stillness of ruins of medieval monasteries in Ireland to places such as Lisbon and Budapest. He writes in both English and Irish and his poetry has been translated into Italian, Romanian and French. He is a playwright and has been co-editor of Windows Publications since 1992.
Mary Swander, Iowa Poet Laureate, was instrumental in bringing these poets to Mason City. The sponsors for the event are Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mary Powell, Henkel Construction, Inc., and the Mason City Public Library Foundation, Inc. For more information on the poets, please visit www.salmonpoetry.com. For more information on their visit, contact the Mason City Public Library at 225 2nd St SE, call 641.421.3668, visit the MCPL Facebook page or log on to www.mcpl.org.