Katie Donovan (Ireland) read for the 2017 John Hewitt International Summer School, alongside Denise Riley.
Katie attended Trinity College Dublin and the University of California at Berkeley. In Dublin she worked for “The Irish Times” for 13 years as a journalist in the Features Dept. She was Writer-in-Residence for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown 2006-8 and was a lecturer in Creative Writing in NUI Maynooth 2015-17. Most recently, she has completed a three-year course in Somatic Experiencing, a form of trauma therapy.
She has five collections with Bloodaxe Books: Watermelon Man” (1993), “Entering the Mare” (1997), “Day of the Dead” (2002), “Rootling: New and Selected Poems” (2010), and “Off-Duty” (2016), which was shortlisted for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Prize. She is the 2017 recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry. She is also working on a novel for children.
She is the author of “Irish Women Writers: Marginalised by Whom?” (Raven Arts Press, 1988), and has co-edited two anthologies, “Dublines” (with Brendan Kennelly), published by Bloodaxe Books in 1996, and “Ireland's Women: Writings Past and Present” (with A. Norman Jeffares and Brendan Kennelly), published by Kyle Cathie (Britain) and Gill and Macmillan (Ireland) in 1994.
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