Irish American Writers & Artists

August 28, 2011

Congrats to Seamus Scanlon for Djerassi Residency

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Kudos the Seamus Scanlon, awarded at a one month a noted California artists’s program. The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is internationally recognized as one of the eminent artist residency programs. We strive to provide the best possible residency experience for artists of superior talent from a diverse range of backgrounds and geographical locations.

As stewards of a unique and beautiful property, Djerassi also seeks to preserve the land and use our facilities wisely and efficiently for maximum benefit to the artists and with the least impact on the environment.

Seamus Scanlon is a writer from Galway, Ireland, home of the Claddagh Ring, the Quite Man, the Galway Races, Druid Theatre and so much more. He was a finalist for the 2009 New Irish Writing Award and his work has appeared in Global City Review, Promethean and the Journal of Experimental Fiction. He has read at The Cell Theater, the Mysterious Bookshop, McNally Robinson Bookshop, St. Patrick’s Day Literary Brunch, the Ulysses Bar and Over The Edge.

August 26, 2011

Belated Update on August Salon with Sept. Salon Around the Corner!

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So, which of our members had a torrid affair with Leonard Cohen? Oh, you weren’t at the Irish American Writers and Artists’ Salon Tuesday evening? Then I guess you’ll just have to come to the next one on Tuesday, September 6 to learn who that person is. 

Another fun evening of readings, friendship and good times. John Kearns, Kevin McPartland and Michelle Woods read from their novels in progress. John read form “Worlds,” Kevin from “Brownstone Dreams,” and Michelle from “Ire.”

Honor Molloy read from her novel in progress—although in my eyes when Honor reads it’s better described as “More than just a novel; a one woman show.” Honor brings her acting skills, enthusiasm, and warmth to everything she does. 

Honor, as well as Kathy Callahan, joined Sheila Walsh in a hilarious reading from Sheila’s one act play-in-progress, “Tattoo.” Sheila brought tea and oranges all the way from China, too. 

I closed out the first half of the program with a personal essay entitled, “The Death of Baby Florence: Resolution.” 

The second half of the evening began with John Lee reading from his Huffington Post blog post, “Obama in Ireland Gets Pint’s Worth of Coverage in U.S.” This is the first time I’d ever see someone do a “reading” from a cell phone. Not only can the man write some witty prose, he’s facile with a phone as well. 

Kevin Holohan stepped up next and read from his novel, “The Brothers’ Lot”  I can imagine attending an Irish Christian Brother’s School might be fodder for a provocative novel; however, I never would have guessed it could be humorous as well.  It appears Kevin’s pulled it off. 

Nothing like wit and humor to close out the evening and that’s exactly what we got from Kathy Callahan’s personal essay, “Don’t Get Whitey” a laugh-out-loud reading from a personal memoir in progress.   

The Irish American Writers and Artists’ salons are held on the first Tuesday of each month at The Thalia Café located in Symphony Space on Broadway at 95th Street in Manhattan. For more information on joining the IAW&A or attending the Salons you can contact Charles Hale at The next Salon will be held Tues., Sept. 6 starting at 7 PM.

A special thanks to Gwen Orel for the photos.

August 2, 2011

Another IAW&A Salon on Tap!

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On the first Tuesday of each month the IRISH AMERICAN WRITERS & ARTISTS holds its “Salon” at Symphony Space’s Thalia Café in Manhattan.  The purpose of the ‘Salon’ is to allow IAW&A members an opportunity to present in the medium of their choice: reading, poetry, comedy, music, etc.  The event is meant to be low-keyed and social. Participants present their work while listeners enjoy a drink and good spirit of the evening.  ”Enjoyed the craic,” the Irish might say.

Only IAW&A members are invited to perform, although friends are urged to attend,and many attendees have become members on the spot in order to present.

There’s no charge or cover, just buy a drink if you’d like. The Thalia Café is at 2537 Broadway (entrance on 95th Street) in NYC. Participants will have up to ten minutes to present in the medium of their choice: reading, poetry, comedy, music, video, etc.

The next IAW&A Salon is Tues., Aug. 2 from 7 to 9 PM. Hope to see you there!


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