To enhance its Irish Studies program, Loras College will host a poet, theatre artist, and medical humanities scholar from Ireland, Martin Dyar, on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Campus Center, Ballroom A.
With a Ph.D. in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, Martin Dyar has received numerous awards for his great work. Some include the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009 and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. Dyar has also obtained two Irish Arts Council Literature Bursary Awards. His poems have been published in the Oxford Magazine
, the Irish Times
, and Stinging Fly Magazine
, among others. Due to his extensive expertise and knowledge, Dyar will be in residence at University of Iowa’s International Writing Program this fall.
Bernard O’Donoghue, poet and literary critic, describes Dyar’s recent publication Maiden Names
, as narratives that are rich and colorful. “Their eloquence and life clear the boards of anything tired or familiar, making room for the language of poetry to move into new areas to cope with the central moments of people's lives.”
, Ph.D., English professor at Loras College, invites everyone to participate in this event; it is free and open to the public. “The poetry reading offers a great opportunity for the College community and the public to catch a slice of Ireland and be reminded of the rich array of cultural events that Loras College has to offer,” he explains.
Loras College opens doors to different cultures and backgrounds. In support of the Irish Studies program, Loras conducts a study abroad program to Ireland each spring semester, giving students a great opportunity to experience the real Ireland that Martin Dyer portrays in his poems.