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Emerging Poets Reading


15 February at 4pm at the Cork Arts Theatre.
A selection of emerging poets reading at the
Gregory O'Donoghue Prizegiving Ceremony

Emerging Poets


Tickets available at door or prepay through the Cork Arts Theatre at 021-4505624

Maurice Devitt

After a career in business, Maurice Devitt completed the Poetry Studies MA at Mater Dei in Dublin, focusing on the poetry of James Wright, Charles Bernstein and others. He recently placed third in The Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition and short-listed for the Over the Edge New Writer Award, Westport Arts Poetry Competition, and The Doire Press International Chapbook Competition.

In 2012, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was runner-up in the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition and short-listed for the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Competition. His poetry has been published by various journals in Ireland, England, Scotland, the US, Australia and Mexico. He is a founding member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group.


Bill Hoagland

Bill Hoagland's poetry has appeared in The Denver Quarterly, Gray's Sporting Journal, Nebraska Review, Poem, Seneca Review, Writers' Forum, South Coast Poetry Journal, and many other journals in the U.S., as well as in the anthologies The Last Best Place and Ring of Fire: Writers of the Yellowstone Region. New work is appearing in The SHOp and Words on the Waves in Ireland.

Hoagland has published a small chapbook of poems entitled Place of Disappearance, and was the recipient of two Wyoming Arts Council awards in creative writing—a Fellowship in Creative Writing and the Neltje Blanchan Nature Writing Award. He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Massachusetts and has taught creative writing and other courses at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, until his retirement in 2013. Today he lives in Cork.


Victoria Kennefick

Victoria Kennefick's poems have been published in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Wordlegs, The Weary Blues, and Abridged.  Her poem 'Haruspex' won the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize 2013, and her poems have been short-listed for the Bridport Poetry Prize 2013 and the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize 2014, among others.  She was selected to read as part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2013.  She is a member of the Listowel Writers' Week committee and a co-coordinator of its New Writers' Salon, as well as coordinating the recently established Kerry Women Writers' Network.


Laura McKenna

Laura McKenna, from Waterfall in Cork, has a Masters in Creative Writing from UCD. Her poetry won the Edmund Spenser Poetry Prize in 2011, was shortlisted in the 2012 Fish Poetry Competition, and has been published in New Irish Writing in the Sunday Independent and in The SHOp.

In 2012, she won the RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story Prize and was a runner-up in the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Short Story Competition. Her short fiction has been published in Crannog, RTE Guide and Litro. Laura’s novel, Forfeit, was a winner in the 2013 IWC Novel Fair Competition. She was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council in 2012.


Eve-Marie Power

Runner-up for The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2012, Eve-Marie Power went on to win Waterford City Council's Tyrone Guthrie Residency in 2013.  A graduate of NUI Maynooth's Certificate in Creative Writing for Publication, she is currently on year two of its follow-on course.  She has read at NUIM's graduation ceremony, Waterford's Winterval Festival, as well as at various libraries.  She was also short-listed for The James White Award, RTE's Arena Flash Fiction Award and UCD's MA in Creative Writing Poetry Competition.

A native of Ferrybank, Eve-Marie lives along the much-disputed Waterford/Kilkenny border. She is a full-time student at NUI Maynooth, where she studies History, Early Irish Literature and Celtic Studies.  She is currently working on her début poetry collection.




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