Irish American Writers & Artists

March 27, 2013

An Evening in Celebration of WILLIAM KENNEDY

An Evening in Celebration of our Inagural Eugene ONeill Lifetime Acheivement Award winner

in association with Irish American Writers & Artists and the Irish Arts Center


Thursday, April 11th | 7:30 pm

Admission: FREE |Reservations Essential

Master of Ceremonies

Peter Quinn 

Special Guests

Dan Barry         Aedin Moloney          Tara O’Grady           Mary Tierney

“Kennedy, master of the Irish-American lament in works like Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game and Ironweed,
proves here he can play with both hands and improvise on a theme without losing the beat.” 


Join us for an evening with William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter and playwright, winner of the , celebrated with readings by Mary Tierney and Dan Barry from Kennedy’s works IronweedRoscoe and others, music by Tara O’Grady, and a conversation with William Kennedy moderated by Dan Barry.

Afterwards join us in the IAC Gallery for a reception and book signing.

William Kennedy, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Kennedy has brought his native city to literary life in Legs, Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ironweed. He is the founding director of the New York State Writers Institute and, in 1993, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous literary awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and IAW&A’s inaugural Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thursday, April 11th | 7:30 pm

For more information, and to reserve tickets go to

or call 866.811.4111  

at Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

March 25, 2013

Irish Publisher 7 Towers Agency To Celebrate 7th Birthday at IAW&A Salon April 16th!

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The Irish American Writers and Artists Salon invites you to join us in celebrating the seventh birthday of Dublin-based publisher, Seven Towers Agency at the Cell Theatre at 338 W. 23rd Street at 7 pm.  This is part of our regular IAW&A Salon schedule.

As an organization celebrating and promoting Irish and Irish-American writing, Seven Towers has goals very much in line with IAW&A’s Mission.  Seven Towers publishes books as well as anthologies of works by writers who have participated in its readings.   So, come out to the Cell for a great literary evening and the chance to learn more about an enthusiastic publisher of new writing!


In addition to our usual lineup of outstanding IAW&A Writers and Artists,  the birthday party will feature:

  • Lissa Kiernan,
  • Doog Wood, and 
  • John Liam Shea.

If you would like to present at our next Salon at the Thalia on April 2nd or at the birthday party Salon at the Cell on April 16th, as always, email John Kearns at

About 7 Towers 

Seven Towers  is a not for profit company that was set up in April 2006 by a group of friends who love great literature. They knew of a great many superb writers and poets, who, were not finding publishers or exposure to the public. Thus they began publishing and agenting books and setting up readings, and have continued to do so since then. Seven Towers is not supported by any grant or aid, and is run totally on the good will of those who help and promote our work.  All people who work with Seven Towers do so as volunteers.  All money made from works published is used to publish further works.

We strive to foster an atmosphere of collaboration and co-operation among artists of many different genres and disciplines and people with like-minded ideals. We also strive to foster a strong international feel to our work, inviting writers of poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction from other continents to drop by and read with us and work with us. Not only this, but Seven Towers runs readings in the US and in Britain as well as Dublin, Ireland, including the Last Wednesday Series, the Chapters and Verse series and the Themed Thursday Series.

Seven Towers is immensely proud to be part of a flourishing Dublin literary scene and sees a bright future for Irish and international writing.

See you at the Salon!

March 22, 2013

IAW&A to sponsor Opening Night at New York – New Belfast

Save the dates! June 12 & 13, 2013

New York - New Belfast returns to NYC

New York – New Belfast returns to NYC

March 21, 2013

“Great, warm, and talented people!” “A joy!” Salon at the Cell, March 19, 2013

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by Karen Daly

Photos by Cat Dwyer

Those are comments from presenters who shared the stage at the IAW&A Salon at the Cell, March 19, 2013.  Guenevere Donohue, our generous and creative host, opened the night. Guen is directing and appearing in a new American play – Passing Through by Tristan Grigsby. Members of the cast, dispersed throughout the audience, sang parts of a song while Tristan took the stage. A charismatic actor, he befriended, questioned, wound-up and rattled us. A fantastic start to the evening and intriguing sample from this unique play. You will be able to see it in its entirety at the Theatre for the New City in April:


Salon regular Kevin R. McPartland, a short story writer and novelist read the riveting prologue from his soon-to-be-published novel Brownstone Dreams. As the book opens, two women are at the NYC morgue identifying the body of a young man they both love. Kevin’s reading drew much praise from the audience.


Stephanie Silber read an evocative passage from her first novel, Other People’s Houses.  In the early 1970s, a pregnant teenager named, “Queenie” has been shipped off to the home of a wealthy couple. Their home is a stark contrast to what Queenie is accustomed to. When the family’s son, a student at Harvard, arrives home early and unexpectedly, a multitude of complications ensue. Silber is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who, along with her husband, the filmmaker Vic Zimet, founded HOME TEAM PRODUCTIONS in 1999.  She is thrilled to be working again on fiction, and is seeking representation/publication for Other People’s Houses as well as her recently completed psychological thriller, The Dark Side of Time.


Always ready with a lovely song and its history, Jack DiMonte sang “Where Have I Seen Your Face Before?” written by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg, the team that also wrote the music for Finian’s Rainbow.

In honor of Irish Heritage Month and Women’s History Month, Dolores Nolan tapped into her passion for all things Irish, New York, spiritual and historical. She gave a lighthearted Lenten reflection on her renewal of faith, soul and self. Thanks to the beautiful duality of Brigid — Saint Brigid, Patroness of Ireland and the Celtic goddess Brigid — Dolores vows to live as the Wild Irish Rose whom God has always called her to be.

A Salon first time presenter, Dolores is an accomplished performer and voice-over artist. She was featured in the HBO film The Notorious Bettie Page. She created and hosts, a website/podcast self-guided religious-historical walking tour of New York City. Dolores was associate producer of State of Denial, the audio documentary on the plight of undocumented Irish in NYC that was broadcast on RTE in Ireland.


Tom Mahon has been reading pieces from his prose/poetry work set in rural New York state, The Wide Valley. Tonight he chose two pieces about parent/child relationships. In the first, a cow commits suicide after all her calves are taken from her and slaughtered because they are male.  In contrast, the farmer’s wife gave birth to several daughters until she has a son who can work the farm. In the second, an absentee father and his son go hiking in winter in the Adirondacks. The boy is angry; he father goes to him and slips and slides, accidentally pushing the boy off the mountain. The father looks for signs of his son, either falls or jumps. He too dies on the mountain with his son.


Margaret McCarthy read several poems from her manuscript In the Becoming, based on the story of Deirdre, the heroine of Irish myth. The poems give Deirdre a direct voice to tell her story and serve as a metaphor for finding voice, both as a woman and an artist. The poems/poetic monologues became the basis for McCarthy’s stage play, Deirdre Retrograde, which had a reading at La Mama. She is seeking a full production of the play and would like to publish the collection as a book. See more of the project at A photographer and poet, Margaret’s e-publication A Vision and A Verse matches a photograph (often of a Celtic location) with a short poem on a timely or seasonal basis. Subscribe for free at: 


Mary Lannon treated us to an excerpt from her novel (which has the longest and funniest title we’ve heard) An Explanation of the Fundamentals of the Derivation of Dilapidated Brown Station Wagon Theory (akaHow I Became a Scientist and Discovered the Truth About Parallel Universes) by Miranda J. McCleod.  Mary is looking to sell this darkly comic coming-of-age novel story of a good girl science geek who grows up to be a bisexual test tube washer.


Ray Lindie read the second half of his story “Monsters of the Park West,” which he introduced at the last salon at the Thalia. On the Saturday before Halloween in late 1940s New York, a local movie house has a double feature of Dracula and Frankenstein. A fatherless and precocious ten year old is looking for a girl he had met the previous week.  Unable to find her, he finds and is haunted by, the resident pervert known as the Punk. The boy, who is fascinated by Frankenstein, and the Punk eventually meet in a duel to the death.


John Kearns read from his first novel, The World, in which a 15-year-old boy sneaks off to his school library to read about his Irish heritage. He realizes that he has been surrounded by people of Irish descent his whole life and this becomes an important element in his understanding of his self. John has read this passage several times before — in venues such as the American Irish Historical Society and at Rocky Sullivan’s — and is grateful to the Salon for giving it the best response so far:  laughter and tears.


Guen had the perfect follow-up:  confessing her desire tobe Malachy McCourt, she sang us out with a sweet rendition of The PartingGlass.  Laughter and tears, a perfect Irish American farewell!  


March 18, 2013

Two Book Signings for Maura Mulligan This Week

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IAW&A member and frequent Salon presenter, Maura Mulligan, will be signing her book, Call of the Lark, at two locations this week:

March 20: Logos Bookstore,  1575 York Avenue NYC. 7:00 pm

March 23: New York Irish History Roundtable: Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral – Parish House, 263 Mulberry Street, NYC: 2:00pm


March 7, 2013

“Another Wondrous Evening” at First Salon of March

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by Karen Daly

Photos by Cat Dwyer

Malachy summed it up: “Another wondrous evening” at the Salon at the Bar Thalia on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Sarah Fearon, in her first time hosting, ran the night with her trademark wit and charm. We welcomed several first-time presenters and had lots of humor on tap.

At a Salon last year, Sheila Walsh read a one-act play that was so well received, she decided to turn it into a full-length play: Surrender at Watertown. On Tuesday night Sarah Fearon and Sheila read a scene in which an adult daughter learns more than she cares to about her mother’s love life. The duo played warmly and well against each other − to lots of laughter and enthusiasm. We look forward to hearing more from this funny, touching comedy.


First time presenter, Marcia Loughlin, MFA student at Bennington, nurse practitioner and poet, advised everyone to read “Lunch Poems” by John O’Hara for inspiration. Then she showed that inspiration in action, reading two of her poems:

“Which Reminds Me of the Time I Hitchhiked with a Boy” and “Were You Sleeping?”


John Liam Shea gave a thrilling and hilarious reading from his recently published novel, Cut and Run in the Bronx, “a comic police drama.” It’s available from 

One reviewer says that John will entertain and make you think about “…religion, morality, the importance of good parenting and the consequences of bad parenting…compassion, psychology, the hypocrisy of those who only preach morality…gentrification, immigration…. redemption…” If that’s not enough, Billy Barrett called the book as “the funniest book since A Confederacy of Dunces.


Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day, John Kearns read two excerpts from his short story, “Making A Visit.” Terrance, a middle aged man, kneels in a church, reflecting upon some incidents from his past, including The Second Saint Paddy’s Day Mystery: The Consumption of the Corned Beef Sandwiches. Terrance and his mother argue about when and where to eat their corned beef sandwiches while on Fifth Avenue watching the Saint Patrick’s Day parade. Later, Terrance remembers hearing the news of his mother’s death and finding messages she never heard on her answering machine.

Ray Lindie read from his story, “Monsters of the Park West.” A fatherless young boy spends Saturday at the movies in late 1940’s New York, looking for a girl he likes and threatened by a punk. A funny and poignant tale enlivened by a touch of a Scottish accent.  Ray is an actor, writer and bartender. That’s was Ray’s first reading, and he plans to tell us how it ends at a future Salon.

Tammi Cubilette, an actor and comedian, and another first timer at the Salon, riffed on some common complaints: healthcare, Medicaid, people who feed pigeons, and left us one piece of memorable advice: If you’re going to get sick and need hospital care, get sick in Vermont.


Jack DiMonte sang “Remind Me” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. The lovely song was  written for a 1940 film called One Night In The Tropics that is now notable for only one fact (other than the song): it marked the film debut of Abbott and Costello, playing minor roles and doing the first film rendition of their famous “Who’s On First” routine. 

Leading off the second half, Tom Mahon, versatile writer and now Salon videographer, read a powerful story called, “Dancing with Demons” about a former vet who joined the police force. An amazing cop, he nevertheless slips into carelessness and overindulgence. We find him, after the precinct Christmas party, living alone in a 5th floor walkup, estranged from his wife and kids, and his plagued by nightmares.

Chris Bradley, who first read at The Cell last month to wide acclaim, shared some work   inspired by his boyhood in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. In “The View from the First Branch, nineyear-old Sean begins to see his rural world with new eyes. On his first day working as a farm hand, Sean’s boss, Art, unexpectedly stops the tractor in a hay field beside a small cemetery. Then he asked and answered his own question “How many dead people do you reckon are in that cemetery?” The right answers: “All of them.”   We are glad that Chris’ voice has found him.


Karen Daly read a sweet story by the Irish-born writer Maeve Brennan –“The Barrel of Rumors,” published in The New Yorker in 1954.  As a young girl in 1930s Dublin, Brennan was curious about the lives of a cloistered order of nuns, the Poor Clares, to whom Brennan’s mother sent food.


Irish language and dance teacher, Maura Mulligan read a charming story from her memoir, Call of the Lark. The tale of “The Devil in the Ballroom” was the talk of 1950s Ireland. People in rural Ireland gathered around the fire to share stories; their  belief in the paranormal was not unusual. For instance, the devil himself could show up and waltz his way into St. Mary’s Hall in Tooreen. And he did.  Even the press was covering his cloven hoofs.

Singer/songwriter, Christie Moore was inspired to write:
There came a dark stranger, or so I’ve heard tell\
Who said dance with me Bridget, oh what the hell.
But when the dark stranger arrived with her coat
She looked down and saw the cleft foot of a goat.

“Well,” Maura said. “Who knows what might have become of me, if only my mother let me go to the dance that night when he appeared, wearing the serge blue suit, his hair slicked all the way down to the collar with Brylcreem.”

Maura invites you to join one of her classes and attend upcoming talks/readings:

Malachy McCourt: Events in the Vatican prompted Malachy to share his views on organized religion and the selection of the new Pope, leading him naturally to tell us the story of St. Patrick and of Irish history.  When we stopped laughing, Malachy closed the night with a song.


The next Salon is at The Cell, 338 West 23rd Street on March 19 at 7 pm.

If you would like to volunteer to host, blog about, or post videos of a Salon, email John Kearns at

March 5, 2013

Irish History and Heritage Site “The (New) Wild Geese” Celebrates Relaunch with On-Line Event

IAW&A member Gerry Regan officially unveils  on Sat., March. 9 

An online kick-off to the St. Patrick’s Day season, the re-imagined Irish history and heritage website The Wild Geese goes live Saturday, March 9 at 9 AM (ET) as with a seven-hour digital launch party, featuring contests, prizes, online panels and an open invitation to connect, chat and collaborate with others around the world who cherish the epic history of the Irish … worldwide.

All the events of the day and benefits of the site are open to all who sign-up, for free, as Wild Geese members. Once members, they can set-up their own personal pages, begin blogging on their Irish topics of interest, create groups around their Irish passions, share videos, photos, and music, or join existing groups that match their interests.

new look and social sharing functions highlight

new look and social sharing functions highlight

On “Launch Day,” members will participate in live panel discussions and Q & A with subject-matter experts and devotees, covering the wide breadth of The Wild Geese’s content, with six sessions, focused on travel, cooking, genealogy, the legacies of Ireland’s Cillini and Magadelene Laundry abuses, and the Irish who fought in America’s Civil War. The venues will include the site’s Main Chat Room and Google Hangout. (panel schedule follows)

Festivities hosted on the redesigned site will include a members-only prize drawing of Irish-themed film posters, jewelry, CDs and books every hour and contests for members that will be judged by members, including:

·  Tell Us Your Irish Story – where members post their personal takes, or stories, on epic Irish history.
·  The Irish ExperienceFreeze Frame! where members share photos they’ve shot, and voters (fellow members) acknowledge their favorite iconic images of the global Irish community among those uploaded.

Saturday’s launch is the culmination of more than 15 years of dedication to preserving, exploring and discussing the great themes of Irish history and heritage, in Ireland and among the world’s 70 million of Irish descent. The (New) Wild Geese re-emerges on Saturday with its rich historical and narrative content showcased on a sharp, contemporary-looking, easy-to-navigate site and with compelling new community and social-sharing capabilities that encourage members to research, write and broadcast articles and multimedia and post events focused on their own Irish interests to a passionate worldwide community.

“As a Wild Geese member, you’ll be able to participate in exclusive forums, video and teleconferences and other dynamic learning experiences for free, as well as enjoy concierge services connecting you to heritage products, events and services to best fit your needs,” Executive Producer Gerry Regan said. “As Heritage Partners, marketers will be engaging the true faithful, the masses who’ve never stopped believing that the Irish story, including their own, remains epic in scale.”

“Join us in supporting the preservation of Irish heritage worldwide by adding your voice to the growing number within The Wild Geese community,” he added.

Recap: The (New) Wild Geese Online Launch Party, Sat, Mar. 9, 9AM to 4PM (ET). Become a member for no charge at to join the festivities.

Panel discussion schedule (all times ET):

  • 9 AM: “Travel Hag” blogger, author, tour guide Mindie Burgoyne fields questions about Irish travel and the “Thin Places” in Ireland where our world intersects with ‘the other.’
  • 10 AM: Dublin-based genealogist Nicola Morris focuses on researching your Irish family history.
  • 11 AM: Bloggers and Irish cooking devotees Mairead Geary aka “Irish American Mom” and WG’s own Maryann Tracy will field discussion of Irish cooking, traditional and otherwise.
  • NOON: Ireland-based author & archaeologist Damian Shiels, writer & WG Associate Editor Robbie Doyle and WG Editor at Large Liam Murphy field questions on the Irish in America’s Civil War.
  • 2 PM: Archaeologist Toni McGuire, Magdalene activist Mari Steed and WG Preservation Editor will discuss the Legacy of Ireland’s Cillini and Magdalene Laundries.
  • 3 PM: Our final panel of the day, headed by William Patterson University’s Richard Kearney, will focus on The Dublin Lockout and leading Irish activists in the American labor movement.

Background on The Wild Geese
Year of Launch: 1997
Mission: Every day, with the help of  members, readers, and Irish Heritage Partners, The Wild Geese explores, promotes, preserves, and celebrates the epic heritage of the Irish around the world — through compelling content, evolving technologies, a dynamic community, and collaborative marketing connections.
Namesake: Those 12,000 Irish soldiers, families in tow, coerced into emigrating in the aftermath of the 1691 Treaty of Limerick. Many of these “Wild Geese” rose to prominence in armies and navies throughout the world. Though some would get another chance to strike a blow for Ireland, they were truly, as poet Emily Lawless said, “Fighters in every clime — Every cause but our own.”
Best Read Interviews: 2007 Q&A with indie film director Ken Loach (“Hidden Agenda,” “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”); The Wolfe Tones’ Derek Warfield (2003), Black 47 front man Larry Kirwan (2006), and former Boston College Belfast Project Director Ed Moloney (2011).
Number of Articles Online: 700+, a number increasing weekly.
‘Best’ Plug: Wall Street Journal “Best Pick” (2003) “for serious fans of Ireland’s contribution to world culture.”
Most Commented-On Series: ‘One Love: The Black Irish of Jamaica” (2003), by Rob Mullally
Co-Founders: Irish-Americans Gerry Regan and Joe Gannon
Slogan: “Exploring, Promoting, Preserving and Celebrating the Epic Heritage of the Irish … Worldwide”

For updates on the launch event, please go to
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March 3, 2013

Men at Lunch – Lón sa Spéir March 7th at 7:30pm

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Engaging documentary film Men at Lunch is the untold story of New York’s greatest legend and one of the most iconic images of the 20th century – Lunch atop a Skyscraper – taken on the 69th floor of the Rockefeller Building in the autumn of 1932.

Irish backstory to iconic image, includes interview with IAW&A past president Peter Quinn

$20 includes film & party (Heinken & Tullamore Dew open bar 9-11pm

Click HERE to read Huffington Post blogpost about Men at Lunch  by IAW&A board member John Lee.

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