Sara BAUME (fiction writer; Ireland) writes stories and essays. “Solesearcher1” won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award and appeared in the anthology Davy Byrnes Stories; “Dancing, or Beginning to Dance” won the 2014 Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Fiction. Her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither (2015) was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award, longlisted for The Guardian's first book award and won the 2015 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Baume was named the Hennessy New Irish Writer for 2015.
MartinDYAR (poet, playwright; Ireland) is the author of the poetry collection Maiden Names (2012; Arlen/Syracuse U P), winner of the 2009 Patrick Kavanagh Award. His play ‘Tom Loves a Lord’ was staged at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Dublin in 2011. Among his projects are collaborations with musicians, broadcasters, medical practitioners and patients. Presently, Dyar teaches in the Medical Humanities Program in the School of Medicine of Trinity College, Dublin.
Paddy WOODWORTH ( non-fiction writer; Ireland b. 1951, Bray) has written extensively for the Irish Times, where he was a staff journalist from 1988 to 2002, first as arts editor (for six years) and later as an editor and contributor on the foreign desk. He has worked for numerous other publications as well as in radio and television.
Siobhan Ni SHITHIGH is the author of the award-winning children’s book An Bhó Riabhach, and the poetry collections Na Leaca Bána, Nuair Ná Labhrann Éan, and Briathar an Tráthnóna. She is on a team producing an "Irish Catullus," due out in 2010. Under the name Joan Coen, her paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions and form part of collections in Ireland, Europe and the US. She is funded by The U.S. Embassy, Dublin, Ireland, The Arts Council Ireland, and other sources.
Nell REGAN (poet; Ireland) is a writer and educator. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies, including the Russian Journal of Contemporary Writing from Ireland, The Florida Review, Poetry Daily, Cyphers, and Breaking the Skin, 21st Century Irish Writing. Her three collections of poetry include Preparing for Spring (2007) shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writing, Strong, and Patrick Kavanagh Awards, and Bound for Home (2011); a fourth volume is due out in 2012.
Christopher MATTHEWS currently lives in Lugano, Switzerland, where he is a professor of literature and composition at Franklin College. Matthews received a bachelor's degree from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and completed a doctoral dissertation on Ezra Pound at the University of Durham, UK. His poetry has been published in various journals, including The American Scholar , Crazyhorse, Quarto, and The Dublin Review .
Antonia LOGUE (1972, fiction writer, Ireland) is the author of Shadow Box (Grove/Bloomsbury Press), which won the Irish Times literary prize for fiction and was short listed for the John Llewellyn-Rhys Award and the Hawthornden Prize. She holds the masters degree from Trinity College in Dublin, and is a freelance journalist and literary critic for the Guardian, the Times, the Scotsman, the Irish Times, and the Sunday Independent. She is taking part in the IWP through support from the University of Iowa.
On 5/24/20, the US Embassy in Moscow celebrated Joseph Brodsky's 80th birthday with a collage of American poets reading his birthday poem "May 24, 1980" in the poet's self-translation. Chris Merrill, one of Brodsky's students, is among the readers.