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Justin Quinn, Luljeta Lleshanaku & Philip Gross

Friday 26th March at 6.30pm €14/10/8


Justin Quinn

Justin QuinnJustin Quinn was born in Blackrock, Dublin in 1968. He received a doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin, and in 1994 he moved to Prague, where he is now a lecturer in American literature at Charles University. He is the author of four poetry collections: The ‘O’o’a’a’ Bird (Carcanet, 1995, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection), Privacy (Carcanet, 1999), Fuselage (Gallery Books, 2002) and Waves & Trees (Gallery Books, 2006). UCD Press published his critical studies Gathered Beneath The Storm: Wallace Stevens, Nature and Community (2002) and American Errancy: Empire, Sublimity and Modern Poetry (2006). He was a founding editor of the poetry journal Metre. He has translated the work of several Czech writers, including Petr Borkovec and Ivan Blatný. His new collection of poetry, In Marble, is forthcoming.

“...a reminder of how stunningly
poetry can say new things about an
unlyrical world.”

The Irish Times

Luljeta Lleshanaku

Luljeta LleshanakuLuljeta Lleshanaku was born in 1968 in Elbasan, Albania, and grew up under virtual house arrest because of her family’s opposition to the Stalinist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha. When she was eventually permitted to attend college, she studied at the University of Tirana, and quickly began to publish her poetry, with four collections in Albanian appearing between 1992 and 1999. In 2002, New Directions Press published Fresco: Selected Poetry, her first collection in English, translated by Henri Israeli. A new collection, Child of Nature, was published by New Directions this year. Lleshanaku was the winner of the 2009 Kristal Vilenice Prize, past recipients of which have included Adam Zagajewski and Zbigniew Herbert. She has been a fellow at the International Program of Writers at the University of Iowa and at the University of Nevada’s Black Mountain Institute.

“Lluljeta Lleshanaku is the real thing,
and as unexpected as an oasis behind
a mountain on the moon.”

Eliot Weinberger

Philip Gross

Philip GrossPhilip Gross was born in 1952 in Cornwall and grew up in Plymouth. He is the author of 14 books of poetry, including Changes of Address (2001, Poetry Book Society Special Commendation) and Mappa Mundi (2003, Poetry Book Society Recommendation), both from Bloodaxe. His most recent collection, The Water Table (Bloodaxe, 2009) won this year’s T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry. The judging panel, chaired by poet Andrew Motion, praised what it described as a “concentrated and keen-eyed and patient” collection with “real lyrical confidence”. He has also written extensively for opera, radio and for children. He lives in Penarth, South Wales, and is Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University.

“Haunting, vividly imagined poems,
whose fierce intelligence is gentled by
the sonorous grace of the language...”

The Guardian



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