Friday 20 April 2018

Camolin native awarded American poetry award

Poet Katie Donovan, who hails from Camolin
Poet Katie Donovan, who hails from Camolin

Esther Hayden

Camolin poet Katie Donovan has been awarded the 21st annual Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of St. Thomas Centre for Irish Studies in Minneosta.

54-year-old Katie who is the author of five books will read from her work on Friday, April 21, in the university capping off a week of events, classroom visits and public appearances by the poet.

The $5,000 O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, established in 1997, honours Irish poets. Donovan grew up on a farm near Camolin and was educated at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, Berkeley. She spent a year in Hungary teaching English before returning to Ireland to work as a journalist with the Irish Times.

She has published five poetry collections, all with the British publisher Bloodaxe. Currently she works as an Amatsu practitioner and has taught creative writing at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire. She is widowed and has two children.

Her books include Watermelon Man, Entering the Mare, Day of the Dead, Rootling: New and Selected Poems and most recently, Off Duty, a collection that focuses on the year in which her husband died of throat cancer.

Gorey Guardian