Poets create ways to express what’s too difficult to say in other words. We’ll read poems that make use of inaccuracies, lies, misconceptions, and confusion in order to lay bare what emotional realities those deceptions hide. There will be a short section of in-class generative writing. 

Brenda Shaughnessy is the Okinawan-Irish American author of seven poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum, which was a New York Times 2019 Notable Book, Tanya, (Knopf, 2023, Bloodaxe 2024) and Liquid Flesh: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2022.) 

Recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the James Laughlin Award. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in West Orange, New Jersey.

Event Location

O’Donoghue Theatre, University of Galway

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