Derek Mahon & Rosanna Warren
Friday 26th March at 8.30 pm €20/15/12
Derek Mahon was born in Belfast in 1941, studied at Trinity College, Dublin and the Sorbonne, and has held journalistic and academic appointments in London and New York. A member of Aosdána, he has received numerous awards including the Irish Academy of Letters Award, the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize, and Lannan and Guggenheim Fellowships. Publications from The Gallery Press include The Hudson Letter, The Yellow Book, Words in the Air (bilingual, with the French of Philippe Jaccottet), Birds (a translation of Oiseaux by Saint-John Perse), Harbour Lights (2005, Winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2006), Adaptations (2006) and Life on Earth (2008, Winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2009). He received the 2007 David Cohen Prize for recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in literature.
“. . . Political, metaphysical,
journalistic, sensual, minutely but
lightly observant, imaginatively
omnivorous, memorable, this is
poetry of an order the reader feels
lucky to encounter”
Rosanna Warren was born in Connecticut in 1953. She was educated at Yale and Johns Hopkins. She is the author of three collections of poems: Each Leaf Shines Separate (Norton, 1984), Stained Glass (Norton, 1993), and Departure (Norton, 2003). Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, a book of literary criticism, appeared from Norton in 2008. She has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, The Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Lila Wallace Readers’ Digest Fund, and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, among others. Stained Glass won the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 - 2005. She is Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities at Boston University.
“Rosanna Warren lives in our
tarnished, everyday, ramshackle
world of loss, anguish, and sacrifice,
but she inhabits almost as vividly a
realm of classic purity...a beautiful
miracle of bilocation.”