Susan Miller DuMars gets Naked

Galway based Irish-American marks 25 years of published poems and short stories

Poet Susan Millar DuMars. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Poet Susan Millar DuMars. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

A QUARTER century of poetry will be marked, collected, and celebrated when Susan Millar DuMars' Naked: New & Selected Poems is launched this month as part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

Naked, published by Salmon Poetry, will be launched by Ailbhe Darcy, the poet and lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff University, in the House Hotel, Spanish Parade, on Sunday April 14 at 2pm.

"This one is important to me," Susan said, "as it celebrates my 25 years as a published poet, bringing together older poems with new ones. There are poems from each of my previous collections – Big Pink Umbrella, Dreams for Breakfast, The God Thing, and Bone Fire - along with a generous selection of new work."

Susan is originally from Philadelphia, and now lives in Galway with her husband, the poet Kevin Higgins. She is also a short story writer, creative writing teacher, and MC of the Over The Edge: Open Readings at the Galway City Library.

"Her poetry, influenced by the directness of the American tradition, comes as a breath of fresh air," noted Jessica Traynor in Poetry Ireland Review; the poet Eamonn Wall wrote: "When she writes of bodies (her own, the bodies of women, and the body of the nation ), Millar DuMars uses plain and direct speech...[she] draws from a deep technical well, and from rich observational and imaginative spaces. She is possessed of great empathy."

All are welcome to the launch.

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