Poets in Conversation: Tony Curtis & Tim Nolan “Only Interested in Everything”

April 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
Alayne Hopkins

Join O’Shaughnessy Award-winning Irish poet Tony Curtis and local writer Tim Nolan for a conversation about their craft and finding subject matter for their poetry. This program is presented with the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas.

Curtis was born 1955 and grew up in Dublin. He was educated at the University of Essex and Trinity College Dublin.  He has published eight poetry collections, the last four of which have appeared from Arc Publications in the UK.

His books include The Well in the Rain, Folk, and Approximately in the Key of C. Curtis has also been involved a number of collaborative book projects, such as Days Like These with Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan (both of whom are past recipients of the O’Shaughnessy Award), Aran Currach with the Irish photographer Liam Blake; and Pony, with the artist David Lilburn.

A regular participant in the Clifden Arts Festival and at other venues throughout Ireland, he has also read at many festivals in Europe, Australia and the American Northwest. Curtis frequently leads poetry and creative writing workshops with both adults and children.  He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of arts and letters.

Tim Nolan was born in Minneapolis, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in English, and from Columbia University in New York City with an M.F.A. in writing.  Nolan is an attorney in private practice in Minneapolis.  His poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry.  His three collections—The Sound of It, And Then, and The Field have all been published by New Rivers Press.

Tony Curtis will receive the 22nd Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry in April from the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas.  His free public reading, which will follow a week of classroom visits and public appearances, will be on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of John Roach Center at the University of St. Thomas.