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The Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry: Tara Bergin

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

The Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry at Glucksman Ireland House honors Tom, a public school teacher in Philadelphia, a lover of poetry, and Glucksman Ireland House member since 1997; the lecture is endowed by his family. We are especially pleased that the Quinlan Lecture is offered in partnership with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queens University, Belfast, hosting Heaney Centre Prize-winner.

The 2014 winner of the Heaney Prize is Tara Bergin for her book This is Yarrow. The judges of this year's prize described the book by saying, "The poems are suffused with the sense of the poet moving way outside the known or knowing world to bring back strange and urgent news; poetry that once we hear it, we wonder how we ever did without it."

Tara will present a lecture and poetry reading on “Ireland as a State of Mind” examining the powerful allure of the poetry of exile, and explores the impact that leaving can have on a writer’s development. Drawing on her recent academic study as well as her personal experience of moving away from what Joyce called “dear, dirty Dublin”, Tara Bergin will conclude the lecture with a short reading from her collection This is Yarrow.


Presented in association with Irish Art Center's PoetryFest.

Free admission.

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