Join Dawn Watson and Conor Cleary for the launch of two new pamphlets by Emma Press that offer a striking sidelong perspective on contemporary life and relationships.
From the ominous landscapes of the American South to the ‘faux colonnades’ of 1980s Tralee, taking in raw explorations of personal awakening and Twitter threads about medieval bees, these poets explore how the physical and economic landscapes in which we exist shape our inner lives, with a winning blend of wit and vivid observation.
Dawn Watson - The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher
Dawn is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University, Belfast, writing a prose poem novel and researching prose poetics. She completed a Masters in Poetry at the Seamus Heaney Centre in 2018 after winning the Ruth West Poetry Scholarship. She has short stories forthcoming in two anthologies: Still Worlds Turning (No Alibis Press, June 2019) and Belfast Stories (Doire Press, June 2019). She was a 2018 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series poet, and won the 2018 Doolin Writers’ Poetry Award. Her writing has been published in journals including The Manchester Review, Blackbox Manifold, The Stinging Fly, The Moth and The Tangerine.
Conor Cleary - Priced Out
Conor Cleary is a writer from Tralee, Co. Kerry and lives in Glasgow. He has an MA in Poetry from Queen's University Belfast where he was the recipient of the 2016 Seamus Heaney Centre MA Award. In 2018, he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Tangerine, The Stinging Fly and the Virginia Quarterly Review.