At the IAW & A virtual fair at the end of September, writer Maureen Hossbacher smoothly organized and hosted an exceptional evening of poetry, song, history and history.
Patrice Hannon opened with a vivid scene from his landmark novel, “Black Tom: A Novel of Sabotage in New York Harbor”. She brought us to the scene of the massive 1916 explosion that rocked New York and New Jersey when German saboteurs blew up the Black Tom ammunition depot in Jersey City near the Statue of Liberty. “Black Tom” portrays this dramatic event and its profound effect on an Irish-American family. Author of two books on Jane Austen, Patrice [patricehannon.com] working on another novel.
Brendan Keane, a New Yorker living in Connemara, County Galway, is a novelist, poet and printmaker. He delivered the final installment of his dark and atmospheric story, âBig Baby Goes to Hollywood,â about a couple making a movie about their dysfunctional relationship. Brendan is currently working on his first Irish language short story collection.
Making her Salon debut, Samantha Kirby read an excerpt from her first “Lunatics” collection, which she describes as “people transforming according to the phases of the moon.” In “Trash Moon Lives!” a lonely teacher is welcomed to an unforgettable party with magical beings. Samantha has an MFA in Creative Writing. Follow her on Instagram @snkirby Poet, educator and veteran Anthony Roberts read from his recent collection “The Clearing Barrel”. His superb selections dealt with faith and the futility of war. They included “Cold War Poem 1979”, “Gold Star”, “Veterans Day” and “Hulme’s Elegy” to the modernist poet TE Hulme who died in WWI.
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“… the war kills the poet
kill his poetry
words are not enough
even a century later …
Anthony (www.varangiwriting.com), with Samantha Kirby. will host a reading on December 2 at 7 p.m. at the KGB Bar in New York City.
Three dynamic voices The Mountain Maidens – Marie Mularczyk O’Connell, Candice Baranello and Lorraine Berger – delighted us with three songs, each based on poems. “Raglan Road” based on the poem by Patrick Kavanagh, “Nora” and “Star of the County Down”. Tonight they played banjo, guitar and mandolin. In fact, women play an amazing range of percussion and stringed instruments. Connect with Marie, https://www.facebook.com/marie.m.oconnell.
Your correspondent Karen Daly presented her current project: to research the history of certain places in New York and show their incredible connections. She traced the history of a downtown location that grew from a chapel, then a church, a garage, and finally a Broadway theater founded by a fabulous Irishman. Actor, singer and artist teacher Eric Poindexter surprised us with two a cappella songs. Her choices showed her dreamy voice and caring spirit–
“What a wonderful world” and “Above the rainbow”. Eric’s Christmas concert will take place on December 4th at Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway.
Calling from New Mexico, Bill Nevins is immersed in Irish American poetry and circles in this beautiful place. His poem “Cyberia” describes a frightening dream of poets relegated to Siberia. âNew Skibbereenâ from his âHeartbreak Ridge and Other Poemsâ collection infuses Irish history with a visit to contemporary Ireland. Buy Bill’s work on Amazon or from him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The memoir of Malachy McCourt, founder of our âclosestâ and beloved traditional Salon, âA Monk Swimmingâ, is about to be reissued. As a result, Malachy shared what amounted to a master class on writing memoir: “No rules … memoirs appeal to your imagination … feelings, not facts … write on it. thing that made you ashamed … “read a poignant story about his father.
In a cheerful postscript, the Mountain Maidens sang their signature birthday song to Malachy in honor of her special birthday in September.
The Demoiselles des Montagnes.