Contemporary Irish Poetry Featured Writer: Karen J. McDonnell

Four Poems                     This Little World Launch Speech 
Contemporary Irish Poetry Index

Karen J. McDonnell won the 2014 WOW Poetry Award and was runner up in the 2015 Wild Atlantic Words and the 2015 Baffle poetry competitions. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Poems for Patience and Robert Monteith awards, as well as being longlisted for the 2014 Over the Edge New Writing Prize. Her poetry and other writing has been published and anthologised in Ireland and abroad, including The Honest Ulsterman, Crannóg, poeticdiversity, The Irish Times, Poetry NI: Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, Wild Atlantic Words 2015 and Rubicon: Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s ‘De Profundis’ (Sybaritic Press). An excerpt from Unsettled – A West Bank Journal was nominated in the 2014 Best of Net (non-fiction) in the U.S.

Karen’s Website and Author’s Blog

Books

This Little World, her debut poetry collection, was published by Doire Press in June 2017. For further detail see http://www.doirepress.com/writers/g_l/karen_mcdonnell/

‘This is a book infused with insight and mythic assurance; a book of intuitions made loud and voices marked by vision, the work of a poet who will be read for her adeptness in tracing the heartlines of human experience, and for the sake of imaginative enrichment.’ —Martin Dyar, author of Maiden Names (Arlen House)