Jan Beatty (US) Poetry, Interim Director MFA Program
Jan Beatty's fifth full-length book, Jackknife: New and Collected Poems, was published in January, 2017 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her last book, The Switching/Yard, was named one of ...30 New Books That Will Help You Rediscover Poetry by Library Journal. The Huffington Post named her as one of ten women writers for "required reading." Other books include Red Sugar, Boneshaker, and Mad River, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Beatty is host and producer of Prosody, a public radio show on NPR affiliate WESA-FM featuring the work of national writers. Beatty worked as a waitress for fifteen years, and as a welfare caseworker, an abortion counselor, social worker and teacher in maximum-security prisons. She directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and teaches in the MFA program.
Joseph Bathanti (US) Fiction
Joseph Bathanti is former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14). His novel, East Liberty, won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. His novel, Coventry, won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. His book of stories, The High Heart, won the 2006 Spokane Prize. A new novel, The Life of the World to Come, was released from University of South Carolina Press in late 2014. He is the author of eight books of poetry: Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Award; Land of Amnesia; Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best book of poetry in a given year; Sonnets of the Cross; and Concertina, winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize. His new volume of poems, The 13th Sunday after Pentecost, was published by LSU Press in 2016. Bathanti is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
Evelyn Conlon (Ireland) Fiction
Evelyn Conlon is a novelist, short story writer, anthologist and essayist. She has published four novels-Not the Same Sky, Skin of Dreams, A Glassful of Letters and Starts in the Daytime-as well as three story collections and four anthologies. Her stories have been widely anthologised and translated, most recently into French, Italian, Tamil and Chinese. She has given workshops throughout the world and has been writer in residence in the USA, Australia, University College Dublin, Germany, and Jerusalem. Evelyn's last novel, Not the Same Sky was chosen as Pick of the Week in several major Australian newspapers, and is currently being broadcast on radio as the Book on One. The Sunday Times describes her work as "Articulate, passionate and frequently funny. Her prose is a delight," and Books Ireland calls her "one of Ireland's major truly creative writers."
Janice Eidus (US) Fiction
Janice Eidus's novels include The War of the Rosens, The Last Jewish Virgin and Urban Bliss. Her story collections are Vito Loves Geraldine and The Celibacy Club. She has twice won the O.Henry Prize for Fiction, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Other awards include The Acker Award for Achievement, an Independent Book Award, and The Firecracker Award given by the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in such anthologies as How Does That Make You Feel: True Confessions From Both Sides of the Therapy Couch, The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11, Common Boundary: An Anthology About Immigration and International Adoption, Dirt: Writers on the Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House and Desire: Women Write About Wanting.
Carlo Gébler (Ireland/Northern Ireland) Fiction, Nonfiction
Carlo Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954. He lives outside Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He is the author of novels including A Good Day for A Dog and The Dead Eight (shortlisted for the Kerry Irish Fiction Prize), the short story collections W.9. & Other Lives and The Wing Orderly's Tales, works of non-fiction including the narrative history, The Siege of Derry, and the memoirs Father & I, Confessions of a Catastrophist and The Projectionist, The Story of Ernest Gébler. In August 2017 he will publish a new novel, The Innocent of Falkland Road. He has also written novels for children and plays for radio and the stage, including 10 Rounds, which was short-listed for the Ewart-Biggs Prize. From 1991 to 1997 he taught creative writing in HMP Maze and from 1997 to 2015 he was writer-in-residence in HMP Maghaberry. In addition to his work with Carlow, he currently teaches at Trinity College and the American College, Dublin. He is a member of Aosdana.
Kristin Kovacic (US) Nonfiction
Kristin Kovacic is the co-editor of the anthology Birth: A Literary Companion, and the author of the poetry collection, House of Woman. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize and other awards, including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Award, her work in many genres has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Brain, Child Magazine, Full Grown People, The Southern Review, The Journal, Women's Studies Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Puerto del Sol, The Tampa Review, and many others. She teaches at Winchester Thurston School and lives in Pittsburgh.
Brian Leyden (Ireland) Nonfiction
Brian Leyden is a memoirist, novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenwriter, and editor. His books include the bestselling memoir, The Home Place (New Island, 2002), the novel, Death and Plenty (Brandon Books, 1996), and the short story collection, Departures (Brandon Books, 1992). He has written extensively for the National Broadcaster RTÉ's Sunday Miscellany. His radio documentary work includes No Meadows in Manhattan, Even the Walls Were Sweatin', The Closing of the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon and An Irish Station Mass. He is the co-writer of the feature film, Black Ice (2013). Awards include the Norman Mailer Writers Colony Scholarship (USA), the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, (BAI) Sound and Vision Award (2014). And an Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon "Literary Bursary" 2014. His most recent publications are Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories (Lepus Print 2015) and the novel Summer of '63 (Lepus Print 2016).
Jean O'Brien (Ireland) Poetry
Jean O'Brien's fifth collection, Fish on a Bicycle: New and Selected Poems was published by Salmon Poetry in Fall 2016. Since then poems from it have been broadcast regularly on RTE Radio 1. Her work appear in journals of repute including; Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Acumen, Agenda, Orbis, and Prairie Schooner. Her work is often anthologised, most recently in: Inside History: The Works of Eavan Boland, Cork Literary Review Special Issue, The Enchanting Verse Literary Journal Irish Issue, Liebesgedichte Letter (in collaboration with artist Dixie Friend Gay), and The Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916. O'Brien was named Highly Commended for The Forward Poetry Prize in 2014, and her poem "Merman" won the highly acclaimed Arvon International Award in 2010 and the 2008 Fish Award.