“Not Again. Yes, Again.”

I want to thank the poetry editors at the Galway Review for having the courage to publish my flailing and furious poem about gun violence in America and its impotent, [...]

Pushcart Prize Nomination

I am both humbled and honoured to have had my flash fiction story, “Little Vova” — which was awarded Streetlight Magazine‘s Flash Fiction Prize for 2023 — also nominated by [...]

Poetry in Transit

What a thrill it was to have an excerpt from one of the poems from my second collection, Idiolect, selected for inclusion in the 2023/2024 Poetry in Transit program. The [...]

First Place in Flash Fiction Competition

It was a happy day indeed here when word arrived from Streetlight Magazine editors and flash fiction judges, Erika Raskin and Mary Esselman, that my 295-word story, “Little Vova”, has [...]

Poem in One Hand Clapping

One Hand Clapping is an extraordinary online and print literary magazine published in the UK. Its editor, Alan Humm (a fine poet himself), has made it the journal’s mandate to [...]

“Training Wheels Off”

“Training Wheels Off” is a poem I wrote in tribute to my now adult daughter. It addresses the time when she was a young girl learning to ride a two-wheeled [...]

Another Curmudgeon’s Diary Poem Published

Readers may recall that I recently began writing a series of poems that voice the sometimes controversial and always dyspeptic views of an ageing curmudgeons who hails from the North [...]

Audio Poem in Stanza Cannon

Stanza Cannon is a relatively new, first-of-its-kind, “audio zine” published in the USA. In the words of its editor, Andrew Feindt, it is “devoted to continuing humanity’s age-old tradition of [...]

“Your Penance: A Decade in Sales”

Culture Matters is an online journal published in England that is left-leaning, politically, and features socially progressive literary content. I am grateful to its editor, Mike Quille, for agreeing to [...]

Reading at Inspired Word NYC

What an honour it was for me to give a public reading of some of my poetry on March 13th at New York’s Parkside Lounge as part of the lounge’s Inspired Word NYC series. [...]

Two Fun Speaking Gigs

Wow. Two speaking opportunities within the space of two days. I was most grateful to give the Author Talk for the Canadian Authors Association on February 8, 2023. The subject [...]

Donal O’Hanlon Reads “The Conversation”

Donal O’Hanlon is a celebrated Irish actor and director who heads and performs with the highly regarded Newpoint Players theatre group in Newry—a city that straddles Co Down and Co Armagh in Northern [...]

Chapbook Finds Publisher

Pooka Press, a literary press founded and operated by the estimable Warren Dean Fulton, will release my chapbook, Deliverance, 1961: A Novella in Thirty-Two Cantos, late in 2023. Pooka is a Canadian [...]

Review of Boris Dralyuk Poems

I will admit that when London Grip assigned me Boris Dralyuk’s first collection, My Hollywood and Other Poems, for review, the assignment seemed daunting. Boris Dralyuk is a scholar of great renown, a highly sought-after [...]

Poems Read at the Linen Hall Library

I couldn’t have been more thrilled to learn that some of my poetry was to included in a live reading event  held on October 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm at the [...]

Poem in the An Áitiúil Anthology

The An Áitiúil Anthology is a joint venture between Dublin literary publishers The Madrigal Press and The Martello. It explores the notion of “locality” from many different perspectives. The anthology was [...]

Poem Commended in BLJ

Being an early convert to the writing of flash fiction, I am intrigued by and attracted to highly compressed literary forms. I have won competitions (such as the Scottish Book [...]

First Curmudgeon’s Diary Poem Published

I’ve been having some fun trying to write some poems in the voice of a fictional curmudgeon from the North of England. The series is tentatively entitled “The Curmudgeon’s Diary”. [...]

Poem in Clothes Anthology

The indefatigable Colin Dardis is a force of nature in the poetry scene of Northern Ireland. He has published his own work widely, does readings and workshops frequently and comes up with [...]

Poem in Skylight 47

I have long admired Skylight 47 magazine. The journal had its origins in Galway City’s “Over the Edge” reading series and, since 2013, it has been publishing high quality poetry, [...]

Interview in Derry Now

One rightly approaches social media platforms cautiously and with a degree of trepidation, but the experience for me of stepping onto the Twitter train in March 2022 has been mostly [...]

Poem in CJIS

I am immensely honoured to have my poem, “There Was Fire in Magherafelt”, reappear in vol. 44, no. 1 (2022) of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. (The cover of a recent [...]

Review of Age of the Microwave Dinner

Who can resist a book of poems with a title like Age of the Microwave Dinner? Colin Hassard’s sense of humour shines brightly through in the title of his first [...]

Review of Requiem

Síofra McSherry is a prodigiously talented poet originally from Northern Ireland who now lives and works in Germany. She has had a modest number of poems appear in online outlets [...]

UK Featured Poet Article

Each year the British literary magazine, The High Window, publishes lengthy critical pieces addressing featured UK and American poets. Those articles commonly comprise an in-depth review of the featured poet’s most [...]