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A Very Kinetic National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is the largest celebration of literature on the globe. The month of April is meant to encourage readers of all ages to engage with poetry in some way, to illuminate the important mark it has made on the cultures of so many peoples. The Academy of American Poets established NPM in 1996….

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Celebrating St. Brigid’s Day and “Imbolc”

Today, Irish people celebrate St. Brigid’s Day also known as “Imbolc,” which, in the old Irish Neolithic language, means “in the belly.” “Imbolc” is the Gaelic festival to celebrate the beginning of Spring and is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals including Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain. This holiday was once only celebrated by pagans…

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“Mostly dark, with a chink of light”: Alan Gillis reflects on Scapegoat and Other Poems

Alan Gillis’s Scapegoat and Other Poems launched on October 1st. To celebrate, WFU Press interns Fahad Rahmat and Rachel Stewart asked Gillis about his influences, religion’s redemptive impulse, how he sees current society and pop culture, and plenty more. WFU Press: Throughout Scapegoat, the reader encounters words like “fugging” and “pizz-popping, jingle-jangle”—sounds which you’ve incorporated into the…

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Ciaran Carson on tour in the U.S. next month

Ciaran Carson on tour in the U.S. next month

We are pleased to announce that Ciaran Carson will be on tour in the U.S. this November. If you’ve never had the opportunity to see him read his work, you’re in for a treat. His lively readings combine poetry with traditional Irish music, making for a delightful and festive evening. A quick search on YouTube…

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New Irish Literature Festival in Phoenix

New Irish Literature Festival in Phoenix

This weekend Irish literature will be celebrated in a new way here in America. The non-profit organization Phoenix Sister Cities will be hosting its own Ennis Committee Book Festival this Sunday, September 27 in Phoenix, Arizona. This year is the first for this festival, but it is meant to be a counterpart to an established literary event in…

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Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day

  May 2nd marks the first annual Independent Bookstore Day, a holiday that makes us happy down to our book-lovin’ souls. Small publishers and independent bookstores go together like bread and butter. The idea to celebrate small, independent bookstores came about after the success of last year’s California Bookstore Day. Looking to expand the celebration outside of…

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It’s No Joke! April 1st Kicks Off National Poetry Month

April marks the beginning of National Poetry Month! While poetry can and should be celebrated all year round, this is the “official” month to celebrate poetry in all of its various forms. Literary geeks around the country will soon participate in another annual National Poetry Month, which was first founded in 1996 by the Academy of American…

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A festive celebration for WFU Press

In the U.S., there’s no better day to celebrate Irish heritage and our connections with Ireland than St. Patrick’s Day. Green rivers, cheesy shamrock hats, and buckets o’ Guinness aside, we’re always happy to advocate for the rich Irish culture that exists in our country. This year, we’ve been celebrating with the publication of a very special and unique book…

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Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

Last week, the Irish Times published an article containing a recipe for the most delicious-looking, homemade coconut cake. The article suggested that this might be a wonderful treat to bake our mothers on this upcoming Mother’s Day. Though my first thought was that this was a fantastic idea, my second thought was nothing short of:…

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Picking a Poem for Ireland

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster, is currently promoting a campaign called A Poem for Ireland. This contest began in September when RTÉ asked followers to submit stand-out poems from the past century that encapsulated the Irish experience. With their nominations, followers submitted explanations for why their favorite should earn the recognition. Over…

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Revealing Ciaran Carson’s From Elsewhere Cover

This April, we’ll be releasing the North American edition of Ciaran Carson’s From Elsewhere and we are pleased to reveal the cover design. In From Elsewhere, Carson translates poems by the French poet Jean Follain and includes his own riffs inspired by these poems. The book’s cover points to Carson’s interest in translation and reflection, with the water…

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5 things we're looking forward to in 2015

Though it may look like we’re late to the “Top 10 list” train that hits at the end of each year, we thought it might be nice to look forward rather than back. Here are a few things we’re looking forward to this year: 1. Yeats turns 150! 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of W.B. Yeats’s…

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Irish: A Dying Language?

Irish: A Dying Language?

An article published yesterday in The Irish Times titled “Have Irish-Language books fallen off the shelf?” poses an interesting inquiry for bilingual presses. As a press specializing in Irish poetry, we take pride in publishing works both in our native English tongue, as well as in the guttural, consonant-strewn language of Irish Gaelic. Since for a large part of the 19th…

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Get Your Daily Dose of Poetry

Do you love poetry, but find yourself unable to sit down and read an entire collection?Between running around doing errands, writing for ourselves, or sitting behind a desk working, it can be hard to find time to read the genre that we all love. But never fear! Here at the Press, we have compiled a…

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Spooky History of Samhain

Halloween is upon us, but did you know that this beloved holiday is a descendent of the pagan Celtic festival called Samhain? Samhain (pronounced sah-win or sow-in) celebrates the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter, the time of year often associated with darkness and death. The Celts believed that on this night,…

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What does Ireland’s official Professor of Poetry do?

What does Ireland’s official Professor of Poetry do?

In September of last year, WFU Press’s very own poet, Paula Meehan, was appointed to serve as Ireland’s newest Professor of Poetry. This prestigious position, which is Ireland’s equivalent to the U.S. Poet Laureate, was founded by an independent Board of Trustees in response to Seamus Heaney’s 1995 win of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Of the six individuals (including…

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Discover the Irish theatre scene with the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival lineup

While some will be flocking to Munich throughout the next couple weeks to gorge on pretzels, schnitzel, and beer, others will converge in Ireland for the Dublin Theatre Festival. From September 25th to October 12th, Ireland’s finest artists will share their passion and talent with patrons at venues throughout the city. Visitors and locals can enjoy theatre, dance,…

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The Lowdown on the U2 Controversy

The Lowdown on the U2 Controversy

Ireland’s most famous band, U2, has been getting a lot of headline attention these past few days. If you’ve checked your iTunes account recently, you might have noticed a new addition to your albums. U2 has collaborated with Apple to release their newest album, Songs of Innocence, and deliver it automatically to your iTunes account, free of…

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It’s Festival Season: A Celebration of Irish Arts and Culture

It’s Festival Season: A Celebration of Irish Arts and Culture

As we slowly transition into autumn here in the United States, so too does Ireland undergo a seasonal transition — “festival season” that is. Fall in Ireland marks the commencement of a string of events celebrating all things related to Irish art and culture. From the 16-day-long Tiger Dublin Fringe festival currently transforming the city into a mecca for…

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Ireland ranks 1st in “Good Country Index”

Ireland ranks 1st in “Good Country Index”

Today, Ireland was ranked #1 on a new report called the Good Country Index, released by British policy advisor Simon Anholt. And what makes a Good Country, you ask? The Index measures how countries contribute to the planet and the human race. Ireland ranked within the top 10 in four of the seven categories, securing…

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The Falls Road: Carson’s childhood neighborhood

The Falls Road: Carson’s childhood neighborhood

WFUP poet Ciaran Carson, native of Belfast and resident still, has written intimately about his experiences in the most urban sections of the city. This week, The Irish Times published a review of a new book of photographs taken in the late 1960s through the 1970s on the Falls Road, a portion of Belfast known for violent clashes,…

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“Getting Up Early” – by Brendan Kennelly

“Getting Up Early” – by Brendan Kennelly

“Getting Up Early” by Brendan Kennelly, From The Essential Brendan Kennelly Getting up early promises well; a milkhorse on the road induces thoughts of a sleeping world and a waking God. This hour has something sacred; bells will be ringing soon, but now I am content to watch the day begin to bloom. I would…

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Happy Poetry Month!

Happy Poetry Month!

  The Narrator during the break in chapter, gets up to stretch beneath a skylight and hears seagulls, small girls running. So many pages since he listened last that he can’t recall how it came to this or which wall the door was on or even now what time of year it is Are his…

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MacNeice poem inspires Scottish song

MacNeice poem inspires Scottish song

Louis MacNeice is one of the inspirations for the Scottish group, Battlefield Band. MacNeice’s poem, “Bagpipe Music,” provides the lyrics for the song on the group’s newest album Room Enough for All, which has been nominated for an Independent Music Award in the category of “World Traditional Song.” You can read the poem just below, buy MacNeice’s Collected Poems here, and…

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Paula Meehan touring United States

Paula Meehan touring United States

Wake Forest University Press poet and  current Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan, has been charming audiences in the United States on her current reading tour. Earlier in March, Meehan appeared at HoCoPoLitSo’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Evening of Irish Music and Poetry. And on Thursday, April 3, Meehan will be reading at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. The reading…

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Hold On! The Holding Centre is here!

Hold On! The Holding Centre is here!

Harry Clifton’s newest volume, The Holding Centre: Selected Poems 1974-2004, has arrived!     This book presents a thirty-year poetic trajectory for Clifton, a writer who has lived and worked between the secular and the religious, Eros and history, Ireland and elsewhere. Get your copy now! … You are not the first, you will not…

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What’s Irish for “Merry Christmas to You”?

What’s Irish for “Merry Christmas to You”?

(Celtic Knot Christmas Wreath  from the very impressive Nacho Grandma’s Quilts  .  Check out the other Celtic Knot designs while you’re there.) Nollaig shona duit! (Say “null-ig hun-nuh dit.”) “Nollaig” (which also means “Christmas” in Scottish Gaelic) derives from the Latin “natalica” for “birthday” and can sometimes be used as a personal name, like “Noel.”  …

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BEST OF 2013: WFU Press Style

BEST OF 2013: WFU Press Style

It’s that time of year again. Christmas trees are going up, people are frantically searching for just the right present, holiday plans are being made and, of course, The Best Of lists are being released all month. Maybe you watched that video about the best of Youtube in 2013 or heard Miley Cyrus was named…

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PoetryFest

PoetryFest

Over the weekend, the Irish Arts Center in New York City hosted its 5th annual PoetryFest. Contemporary Irish poets including our own Conor O’Callaghan,  Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and Colette Bryce (from the Wake Forest Series 3) all read poetry at this event. We are delighted to be publishing O’Callaghan’s new book, The Sun King, later this year.

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Vona Groarke in The New Yorker

Vona Groarke in The New Yorker

The November 11 issue of The New Yorker includes Vona Groarke’s poem “The Landscapes of Vilhelm Hammershøi” on page 61. Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) was a Danish painter best known for his low-key, soft portraits and interiors. Enigmatic and secretive, his paintings were described as “highly traditional, but also distinctively modern” in the 2008 London Royal…

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The Question of E-Publishing

The Question of E-Publishing

Over the past few weeks, our press has been researching new and (for us) largely unexplored markets. Like many publishers, we want to jump into the e-book game and start selling our content on numerous market places for nearly all devices. We do sell a few books in .pdf form via our Wake Forest University…

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A Sort of Homecoming

A Sort of Homecoming

There is something special about returning to a place that you call home, whether it is a childhood memory, a small town left many years ago, or even a country returned to after being abroad. It is the feeling of familiarity tinged with change; something is different even though so much remains in tact. Maybe…

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‘Tis the season for Poetry Readings

Everyone knows that poetry is best when listened to, so kick back, relax and belatedly celebrate National Poetry Day with some readings from our poets. Conor O’Callaghan reading “January Drought” from his newest collection, The Sun King. WFUP will publish the North American edition in December. Conor will be reading from The Sun King at the…

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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, sponsored by the American Library Association. From September 22nd-28th, people are encouraged to read previously banned or challenged books. Since 1982, more than 11,300 books have been challenged, or attacked and almost removed due to content. One of our books, The Midnight Court translated by…

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Speaking Out for the Small Press

Speaking Out for the Small Press

Publishing is a constantly changing industry. Every day, new ideas rise out of companies, expertly crafted to improve customer experience, to make book buying simpler. New technology is pushed to the forefront and heralded as the future of publishing; soon, as it is prophecized over and over, all publishers will be using ebooks and turning…

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Louis MacNeice Poetry Evening

Louis MacNeice Poetry Evening

On May 17th, in conjunction with Ireland’s National Poetry Day celebrations, contemporary poets gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of Louis MacNeice’s death. Sinéad Morrissey, Ciaran Carson, Lucy Caldwell, and others joined together for readings at Ulster Hall in Belfast. MacNeice also has an international appeal, as demonstrated by the participation of Bermudian poet Paul…

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Wake Up to Poetry Celebration: A WFU Press’ Intern’s Reflection

Wake Up to Poetry Celebration: A WFU Press’ Intern’s Reflection

The intermingling of poetry and Irish music created an atmosphere of  captivation, reflection, and joy.  This past Saturday night marked Wake Forest University Press’ first Wake Up to Poetry Celebration. In honor of National Poetry Month, WFUP collected student submissions, receiving more than 50 poems. The submissions were then evaluated by award-winning poets, Adrian Rice,…

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Wake Up to Poetry! – Saturday, April 6th

Wake Up to Poetry! – Saturday, April 6th

May we have your attention, Winston-Salem?  The Wake Up to Poetry! event is finally drawing near.  This Saturday, April 6th, at 5:30 the WFU Press is hosting a celebration of poetry at the Community Arts Café on Fourth St., downtown. The three winners of the contest, Bailey Pittenger, Mackenzie Connollee, and Jessica Whitehair, will be reading…

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Éigse Festival Honors Michael Hartnett

This year’s Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts festival is coming up soon—April 25– April 27.  This will be the 13th annual event, which began in 2000 after Michael Hartnett’s death the previous year.  Held in Newcastle West, County Limerick, various events over the course of the weekend will take place in schools, pubs, offices…

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Poetry Magazine Honors Dennis O’Driscoll

Poetry Magazine Honors Dennis O’Driscoll

The February issue of Poetry magazine, commemorates Dennis O’Driscoll, who passed away in December.  The inside cover features the first stanza of his poem “Tomorrow.” Tomorrow Tomorrow I will start to be happy. The morning will light up like a celebratory cigar. Sunbeams sprawling on the lawn will set dew sparkling like a cut-glass tumbler of…

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Generation: Blogger Boomers

Generation: Blogger Boomers

Here at WFUP we are actively working to expand our use of social media and blogging as a means to connect, share our thoughts, and listen to others. A recent study by NM Incite tracked over 181 million blogs worldwide in 2011, a drastic increase from the recorded 36 million blogs in 2006. Blogs have…

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It Runs In the Family

It Runs In the Family

It’s rare enough to have one famous artist in the family, rarer still to have two. The parents of Thomas and John Kinsella – lauded Irish poet and composer, respectively – must have been doing something right. The Kinsella boys, who grew up in the Dublin suburb of Inchicore to a family employed in the…

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But who is Captain Lemass?

But who is Captain Lemass?

Currently at the press, we are looking forward to releasing Harry Clifton’s new book The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass. When first hearing this title, the name Captain Lemass seems so lyrical that many assume it must be a fictional name.  However, some researched revealed that Clifton is actually referring to Captain Noel Lemass, the…

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, we at WFU Press have selected three different poems that cover the different spectrums of that confusing but beautiful thing known as love. Michael Longley’s poem “The Scissors Ceremony” depicts the heartwarming image of an old couple that are still very much in love. In contrast, John Montague reminds…

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Arts & Culture

The cover art on The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, volume 2 to the casual observer may seem a tad too modernist or minimalist to garner any serious, long-term reflection.  It could be say, a fork and a crumpled foil wrapper, or perhaps a field goal being kicked for those of us (yes, myself…

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Arts and Culture: Cover Art for McGuckian’s “My Love Has Fared Inland”

According to a review by Borbala Farago in The Irish University Review, Medbh McGuckian’s My Love Has Fared Inland takes up “familiar themes of creativity and spirituality” and the poems “trace an introspective trajectory” including themes of “death, writing, nature, and love.” Due to the diverse content of the book, it was important for Wake Forest University…

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Arts and Culture: O’Reilly Broadside

Arts and Culture: O’Reilly Broadside

It’s easy to quickly glance at the image associated with Caitríona O’ Reilly’s poem “Octopus” and see the connection; the image is a direct representation of the title. It all seems pretty standard. However, as I delve deeper into the poem, I find that the illustrated octopus is not only strikingly apt, but is responsible…

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The Art of a Cover

The Art of a Cover

It’s traditional for the portrait of authors to be put on covers of compilation volumes of their work. Brendan Kennelly, despite his “notes of disgust, fierce satire, sardonic bitterness” looks fairly happy on the cover as a man who has grown into his career as a poet and grown into his own lyricism. The photograph…

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Arts and Culture: Alice Maher and Irish Readers

Arts and Culture: Alice Maher and Irish Readers

When Irish artist Alice Maher was commissioned to make drawings for the National Library of Ireland, she thought, naturally, about readers. Combine that with her interest in identities, particularly gendered identities, and you have her series, Lectores Mirabiles (Wonderful Readers). She gave us permission to use Lectores Mirabiles V for the cover of The Wake…

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Poetry & Music

Ireland has given us many pleasures, poetry and music among them. The only thing better than Irish music or poetry is an Irish poem sung in a song. Irish Folk singer Christy Moore has done just that with the title track off his latest album, “Folk Tale,” written by Irish poet Paula Meehan. Moore tells…

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Poetry Month

Poetry Month

When Googling recent poetry news, I came across an article titled “The bursting buds of poetry,” published yesterday by the Gloucester Times.  This turned out to be an opinion article by Ruthanne “Rufus” Collinson about National Poetry Month. Collinson always wondered why April was chosen as National Poetry Month, as did I.  I guess I always…

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Hard work pays off

Hard work pays off

It is such a great feeling to be recognized for your hard work. Much to our excitement, The Antioch Reviewfeatured a great review of the Wake Forest Press edition of My Love Has Fared Inland in their spring 2011 issue! Though many of our volumes of poetry are reviewed, this one stands apart because not only does it…

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Another Sign of Spring

Another Sign of Spring

Today is April first. This means it is the first day of National Poetry Month, and April Fool’s Day.  It also means that today is Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox.  How do the Red Sox relate to Irish poetry? Well for one thing, there are currently two Red Sox fans in the Irish…

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Shagging and Publishing

Shagging and Publishing

Today at the Press is a day of learning. This Friday is Wake Forest’s annual Shag on the Mag, a huge event at Wake where students “shag” to beach music on the Magnolia Plaza. Don’t know what shagging is? Chances are, if you’re not from the South, you don’t, and don’t worry, you’re not alone….

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St. Patrick's Day Plans?

Here at the press, the Wednesday interns are celebrating St. Patrick’s day a little early since we won’t be here tomorrow. Candide was nice enough to bring in Irish soda bread, Irish cheese, and some wonderful fresh strawberries! The Press used to have a huge week-long Irish festival featuring Irish dancers, and an Irish film…

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Slogging through the blogs

Slogging through the blogs

This week I’ve been doing some research on new places for poetry reviews. With the quick fade of book review sections (and newspapers on the whole), we want to know, where do people look for book reviews now? My findings so far have been rather interesting. Online journals and literary magazines are popular and seem…

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Georgia On My Mind

When I think of Georgia, I think of peaches, sunshine, and southern belles.  Shamrocks and leprechauns do not come to mind.  But this evening through Saturday, Southern Georgia University is hosting the southern sector of the American Conference for Irish Studies.  Live Irish music, local pub gatherings, and a pair of Keynote Addresses break up various meetings throughout…

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