Notes from the Margins #23

16 01 2015

So far, I must say, January has been excellent. Two Three more bits of poetry news for you.

Firstly, there’s a new “queer lit rag” on the scene called The Wild Ones and I have a poem in their first issue (due at the end of January). I rather like the poem’s title which is The Night It Was Decided That Dublin Needed a New Gay Sauna.

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Secondlly, Sibling Rivalry Press teamed up with HBO and Looking to promote the new season and were looking for ten poems about San Francisco (past or present). Winners got Season 1’s boxset and (more importantly), the winning poems have been sent to Looking’s marketing team. What they do with them nobody knows (although I like to think that there’s a poet character next season and they needed a poem and then they read mine….. a boy can dream). Anywho, the favourites are:

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Finally, I decided that Dublin needed a dedicated queer poetry night and, in conjunction with Outhouse Library, I have set up WELL-VERSED which is a monthly LGBTQ poetry night. Each one features two invited poets (who each read for 15-20 minutes) and an open mic. First up, we have journalist and historian, Una Mullally and shining light of the spoken word scene, Stephen Clare. Details here.

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Notes from the Margin #22

5 01 2015

Big News.

I’ve been asked (and OBVIOUSLY accepted) to be Glitterwolf’s 2015 Poet Laureate! Utterly thrilled, delighted and excited at this! My first issue as Laureate is #7 (cover below) and I’ve three poems from Circumference in it – they’re a trilogy/triptych called Religious Education. Thanks so much Matt Cresswell!

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