Tsead Bruinja is a Dutch poet who writes both in Frisian and Dutch. He was born in Rinsumageest in 1974 and educated in Groningen, where he studied English language and literature at University. His Frisian debut De wizers yn it read [The meters in the red] was published in 2000. In 2008, he published his fifth collection of Frisian poetry, Angel / Sting. His Dutch poetry collections are Dat het zo horde [The way it should be] (2003), Batterij [Battery] (2004), and Bang voor de bal [Afraid of the ball] (2007). Dat het zo hoorde was nominated for the Jo Peters Poetry Prize. Translations of his work have been published in several international magazines, such as Atlas (India/UK), Action Poétique (France), Mantis (USA) and Mentor (Slovenia). Tsead performs his work widely and lives in Amsterdam. In 2008 he was nominated to become the Poet Laureate of the Netherlands.
MH Clay is a poet, playwright, musician, actor and raconteur residing in Dallas, TX. His travels have taken him around the world to see much and meet many. He has heard raw wisdom from young Caribbean Rastafarians, “Live fast and quit!” and pondered the deep questions with Taiwanese businessmen, “Where do we put all the garbage?” He writes to maintain a semblance of sanity and to keep up his end of this crazy world-wide conversation, “We are going to have to figure these things out eventually.”
He is the poetry editor at www.MadSwirl.com, where he has found the best place ever to foster this universal conversation amongst poets and lovers of the written/spoken word. He published a chapbook, Perhaps This Rain and other precipitations, in 2007 (2nd edition in 2009). He has been recorded by local photographer and archiver of the Dallas creative scene, Peter Orozco, as part of his Open Mic Project. He has a poetry page at Mad Swirl, has been published in Death List Five, the America issue and online at The Misty Mountain review. He is the co-host, with Mad Swirl founder/editor-in-chief Johnny Olson, at Mad Swirl’s monthly Open Mic, held every first Wednesday of the month in Dallas. He can be seen at other open mic venues and theater stages throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and the world, as chance and good fortune (for him, of course) allow.
Patrick Crotty was born in Fermoy in 1952 and educated at Fermoy CBS and St Colman’s College. He received his BA from University College Cork in 1973 and his PhD (for a thesis on the poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid) from the University of Stirling in 1986. After an early career as a primary teacher in Lismore, Co Waterford and Bishopstown, Cork, he moved into academic life in 1986. He has been Professor of Irish and Scottish Literature at the University of Aberdeen since 2005. Patrick directed the Merriman Summer School in Ennistymon in 2000, the Yeats Winter School in Sligo from 2002 to 2005, and the Yeats Summer School (also in Sligo) from 2006 to 2008.
Patrick's has published many articles, essays and reviews on Irish, Scottish, Welsh and American poetry. He is a regular contributor of lead reviews to the Times Literary Supplement.His verse translations from Irish, Latin and other languages have appeared in many anthologies and journals. Following the warm reception of his fifty or so new translations in his Penguin Book of Irish Poetry (2010) Patrick extended his verse-making to poetry and songs. He is a well known figure on the spoken word scene in Scotland and was a finalist at the National Poetry Slam in Edinburgh in 2013. Patrick will introduce a specially written song about Fermoy at the Festival.
Kim Moore was born in 1981 and lives and works in Cumbria.
Kim Moore’s first pamphlet, If We Could Speak Like Wolves, was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business competition, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy, and was selected as one of the Independent’s Books of the Year and is currently shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and a Geoffrey Dearmer prize in 2010. She has been published in various magazines including Poetry Review and the Times Literary Supplement. In 2012, she appeared in the Best British Poetry 2012 anthology by Salt, and was a Young Poet-in-Residence at the 2012 Ledbury Poetry Festival. She was awarded an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Jan Glas was born in 1958 and lives in the city of Groningen and writes poetry in his native language Gronings and in Dutch. He is Chief Editor of Krödde; the longest existing and only literary magazine in the Groningen language. Gronings is part of the Low Saxon language, Low Saxon is spoken in the eastern part of the Netherlands and the northern part of Germany. Jan has published four books of poems. Three in Gronings and one in Dutch (with English translations). He translated Rilke in Gronings. His collected Groninger poems and translations, with new poems added, will be published in 2012. He received several literary prizes: The (German) Freudenthal Prize for new literature in the Low Saxon language, the Literary Prize of ´Grunneger Bouk´ and the Belcampo Scholarship; the literary award of the Province of Groningen. He was co-editor of three anthologies of poems in the Groningen language. Glas frequently performs, reading his poetry, mostly in the Lower Saxon part of the Netherlands and Germany. In 2010 he was invited to read his Low Saxon poetry in Istanbul. With the jazz group Glas, Scheele & Lass Jan Glas sings American Jazz Standards translated in Gronings. They presented their first album ‘Diezeg Laand’ in 2010. Jan Glas performed his Dutch poetry at the literairy festival ´Wintertuin´ in Nijmegen and at the ´Dunya Festival´ this year in Rotterdam. In october 2012 a book of (Dutch) poems will be published.
Bradley R. Strahan is from New England, USA and lives in Co. Cork, he has taught poetry at Georgetown University and at the University of Texas. He was Fulbright Professor of Poetry & American Culture in University of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia. For over 30 years Bradley has been editor/publisher of Visions-International and has five books of poetry & over 500 poems published in: America, Seattle Rev., Confrontation, The Hollins Critic, Soundings East, Poet Lore, & anthologies: 2003 Struga Festival anthology, Blood to Remember. And has also had several Fellowships over the past few years including at the University in Leuven, Belgium. Books of poetry including: Poems (1982), Crocodile Man (1988), Love Songs for an Age of Anxiety (1981 and 1989), It’s Only Rock & Roll (1999), This Art of Losing (2011). He is a recipient of many poetry awards & has many published poems & translations in anthologies & journals: Apostrophe, Blood to Remember,Seattle Rev., Wisconsin Rev., Main St. Rag, Southern Calif. Anthology, America, Hollins Critic, Folio, The Dallas Rev., Connecticut Rev., Free Inquiry, Borderlands, Crab Creek Rev., Phoebe, Christian Century, Rattapallax, Colere, Poet Lore, The Kerf, Sundog, Poetry Australia Anthology, the Salmon (Ireland), Tribune and Orbis (U.K.), The Seventh Quarry (Wales), Midstream, Onthebus, First Things, 580 Split, Virginia Magazine, Confrontation, Cross Currents, Christian Science Monitor, Steam Ticket, Gargoyle, Illuminations, RiverSedge, Struga Poetry Evenings Anthology, Yuan Yang (Hong Kong), Sources (Belgium), etc. Have been translated into: Dutch, French, Korean, Icelandic, Serbian, Macedonian, etc..
Gabriel Fitzmaurice Born Moyvane, Co Kerry, 1952. Bilingual poet, literary advisor, translator, teacher, musician, broadcaster. In addition to broadcasting on Irish radio and television, Fitzmaurice has written extensively in English and Irish. Among his English poetry collections are Rainsong, Road to the Horizon, Dancing Through, The Father’s Part and The Village Sings. In Irish, he has published the collection Nocht. A primary school teacher, Fitzmaurice is also the author of the children's verse collection, The Moving Stair. He works as a translator of essays and collections of songs/ballads from the original Irish and has twice represented Ireland at the European Festival of Poetry. Along with writing and teaching, Fitzmaurice has found success as a singer of traditional Irish music. He resides in Kerry.
John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and is the author of four poetry collections: The Prince’s Brief Career, Foreword by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Doghouse, 2004), Vortex (Doghouse, 2005), and Petit Mal (Revival Press 2009). He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTE radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes from 1999 to 2002. His novels based on this series, The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed are both published by The O’Brien Press and have been translated into Italian and Serbian. Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. He is also the blog poet Jack Brae Curtingstall. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His fifth collection, The Offspring of the Moon, was published by Salmon Poetry in spring 2013.
After receiving a PhD in English, Skinner turned his back on job offers, left Iowa, and headed off to spend the rest of his life on the Canary Islands. Instead, after two years travelling around Europe, he purchased a cottage in rural Ireland. There, when not writing poems, he worked in a turf bog and grew vegetables for the local market. He also began teaching part of each year at Western Washington University in the US. In 2000 he retired from teaching and now, along with his spouse, Edna Faye Kiel, is resident year round in Killaspuglonane, County Clare. He occasionally conducts poetry writing workshops, and he is currently at work on a new collection of poems.