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THE WORD, a reading series hosted by Sligo Library Service and the Writing + Literature BA course at IT Sligo, is back for 2021

Featuring: Eileen Myles, poet, subsequently novelist, public talker and art journalist.

Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently novelist, public talker and art journalist.

A Sagittarius, their 22 books include For Now, evolution, Afterglow, I Must Be Living Twice/new & selected poems, and Chelsea Girls.

In 2019 they wrote and directed an 18-minute super 8 film, The Trip, a puppet road film. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim, a Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, 4 Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

In 2016, they received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 Myles received a poetry award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. In 2020 they got the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. They live in New York and Marfa, TX.

ALONGSIDE Eileen Myles, is Poet, Oilibhéar Diarmuid.

Oilibhéar Diarmuid began writing poetry at the age of 19 and has written some 400 poems in the three years since then. He is a final year student in IT Sligo’s Writing and Literature programme, where he is working on a portfolio containing a fictionalised dream diary and a poetry collection. He has been published twice in The Cormorant, a Sligo broadsheet, and has had six of his poems published on Poethead. He and classmate Jessamine O’Connor won first prize in Comórtas Filíochta Chultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich for his Irish translation of her poem Fáilte. He writes in both Irish and English and translates his own poems. His poetry focuses mostly around the idea of “arthouse love” – the study of communication through wordlessness in relationships, particularly queer ones. He currently lives in Ventry, Co. Kerry.

Jessamine O’Connor, a student in IT Sligo’s Writing and Literature final year, will be moderating the Word. Jessamine has recently had her first poetry collection, Silver Spoon, published by Salmon Poetry.

There will be a discussion following the reading. The popular open mic session will follow the post-reading interview.

Open Mic

The Open Mic will be Limited to eight attendees of the ZOOM event, with three minutes per person.

If you are interested in performing in the Open Mic, please email [email protected], NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, 26TH OF JANUARY.

The first eight people who express an interest, will be notified in advance of the event.

This event will be Streamed on Facebook on the night.

The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo. There is no charge for this event.

[email protected]/ 071 911 1675