Apr 05 2012
- Eamonn Wall: Eamonn Wall is a native of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland, and currently resides in St.Louis, Missouri where he is the Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a former president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the author of a book of essays titled, From the Sin-e Cafe to the Black Hills as well as five highly regarded collections of poetry. “Blues for Rory” comes from his third book of poems, The Crosses published by Salmon Publishing. Read the poem here: Blues for Rory
- Louis de Paor: Louis de Paor is one of Ireland’s foremost Irish language poets. He is a four-time winner of the Seán Ó Ríordáin/Oireachtas Award, the premier award for a new collection of poems in Irish. He won theLawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for poetry in 2000 for collection of poems, Corcach agus Dánta Eile (Cork and other Poems). One of the poems deals with the passing of Irish legend Rory Gallagher during the author’s absence from his beloved Ireland. Read the poem here: Rory
- George Kalamaras: George Kalamaras is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught since 1990. He has published hundreds of poems in literary journals and twelve books of poetry. He also writes a poetry column on the blues for the Chicago Blues Guide, a webzine dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Chicago Blues scene. “One of Only Two” is a prose poem written by Kalamaras for and about Irish legend, Rory Gallagher. Read the poem here: One of Only Two.