Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Best of Irish Poetry 2010

Editor: Matthew Sweeney



Songs of Earth and Light

Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan



Done Dating DJs
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition




Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes





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Poetry Editor: James Harpur

James Harpur

Born of Irish-British descent, James Harpur studied Classics and English at university. He taught English on the island of Crete and then worked as a lexicographer. He is now a freelance writer and has had four poetry collections published by Anvil Press: A Vision of Comets (1993), The Monk¹s Dream (1996), Oracle Bones (2001) and The Dark Age (2007). His latest collection, The Dark Age, received the Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award 2009.

He is currently poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review, a publication founded by the poet and William Blake scholar, Kathleen Raine, and of Southword. He lives near Clonakilty, Co. Cork. 

Visit www.jamesharpur.com for further information.



Fiction Editor: Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman Southword Fiction EditorTania Hershman, a former science journalist, is the author of The White Road and Other Stories, (Salt Modern Fiction, 2008) which was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. Her award-winning short stories, one of which has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, have been widely published in print and online and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Tania is founder and editor of The Short Review, a journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections. Her website is www.taniahershman.com and she blogs at TaniaWrites www.titaniawrites.blogspot.com.

He will also serve as the judge of the 2010 Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre. Full details of the competition, including submission guidelines, are available on the Sean O'Faolain page.




Reviews and Criticism Editor: Patrick Cotter

Patrick CotterBorn Cork, 1963. Writer and publisher. Educated at UCC, he has published several chapbooks of his poems including The Misogynist’s Blue Nightmare (Raven Arts Press), A Socialist’s Dozen (Three Spires Press), and The True Story of Aoife and Lir’s Children & other poems (Three Spires Press). His first collection, Perplexed Skin, was published by Arlen Press in 2008. His second collection, Making Music, was published in early 2009 by Three Spires Press.

His translations of the Estonian poet Andres Ehin are collected in the book Moosebeetle Swallow (Southword Editions). His play Beauty and the Stalker was produced at the Granary Theatre, Cork in 2000. In 1984 he was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award. Cotter was runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh award in 1988. He is currently the Director of the Munster Literature Centre. www.patrickcotter.ie








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