The Theologian's poet laureate comes to Gettysburg for the second time
Poet Micheal O’Siadhail will give a reading from his award winning poetry at Gettysburg Seminary on Monday evening, March 10, 2014 at 7PM in Valentine Hall, room 206. In the range of his themes Micheal O’Siadhail exemplifies the breadth of modern Irish poetry, but who is conversant with life in Europe and North America as well.
O’Siadhail’s poetry is known for including religious faith and imagery, the event is sponsored by the Seminary's Fine Arts Council and is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.
He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Oslo.
The author of ten collections of poetry, O’Siadhail was awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute prize for poetry and the Marten Toonder prize for Literature. He has given poetry readings and broadcast extensively in Ireland, Britain, Europe and North America, including the Vernam Hull lecture at Harvard and the Trumbull Lecture at Yale University. He is a founder member of Aosdána (Academy of distinguished Irish artists) and the founding chairman of ILE (Ireland Literature Exchange).
This reading takes place during a North American tour by the poet which includes readings at Swarthmore and Haverford colleges, Loyola University, Mary Washington College, University of Manitoba, and Duke Divinity School. “We are delighted to welcome him back to Gettysburg a decade after his first stop here,” said Katy Giebenhain, who works with the Seminary’s Fine Arts Council and edits the Seminary Ridge Review’s Poetry and Theology section. “And,” she added, “we are eager to hear his distinguished voice once again.”