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Guest Editors for Poetry Ireland Review and Trumpet


Poetry Ireland announces guest editor appointments for Poetry Ireland Review and Trumpet. 

Poetry Ireland is delighted to announce not one but three new guest editors of Poetry Ireland Review, who each take up editorship of an upcoming issue of the highly regarded poetry journal.

The three guest editors are Colm Keegan, Gerald Dawe, and Nessa O’Mahony

Poetry Ireland also welcomes Tapasya Narang who has been appointed guest editor of Trumpet, a literary pamphlet packed with reviews, essays, and strong opinions. 

Colm Keegan

Colm Keegan is an award-winning writer and poet from Dublin. His debut collection Don’t Go There was released to critical acclaim. His latest collection Randomer is now available from Salmon poetry.

“I’m pure chuffed to be a guest editor of Poetry Ireland Review. It’s been great starting work with the editorial team – all of us learning from each other, challenging and exploring existing submission processes as we crafted a different approach. It’s led to some very rewarding results.”

Gerald Dawe

Gerald Dawe has published ten collections of poetry, including The Lundys Letter (The Gallery Press, 1985) for which he was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship in Literature, as well as numerous books of non-fiction, most recently the trilogy, Northern Chronicles (2017).

“I’m thrilled to be editing an edition of Poetry Ireland Review and look forward immensely to reading the submissions and working with the team at Poetry Ireland HQ to produce a first-rate issue of this prestigious journal.”

Nessa O’Mahony

Nessa O’Mahony has published five books of poetry – Bar Talk, (1999), Trapping a Ghost (2005), In Sight of Home (2009) and Her Father’s Daughter (2014). The Hollow Woman on the Island was published by Salmon Poetry in May 2019. She recently edited Days of Clear Light. A Festschrift for Jessie Lendennie (Salmon Poetry 2021) along with Alan Hayes.

O’Mahony will edit a special edition dedicated to the life and work of poet and academic Eavan Boland (1944 – 2020).

 “It is an incredible honour to have been invited to be guest editor of Poetry Ireland Review‘s tribute issue to Eavan Boland. Eavan’s life and work has been an inspiration for much of my writing life, and the sense of her loss has been profound for so many of us.”

Tapasya Narang

Tapasya Narang is a lecturer in English at Dublin City University. She completed her PhD comparing Indian and Irish contemporary poetry from the 1960s to the present, and is currently studying Irish women’s small presses and periodicals on an Arts Council funded project.

Narang is the third guest editor of Trumpet, following on from Mícheál McCann who guest edited Trumpet 10 in 2021, and Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan who was appointed the first guest editor of Trumpet in 2020.

“I relish the opportunity to edit Trumpet 11, and plan to make the most of it, providing readers with experiences and ideas that they might not necessarily have anticipated. The thematic focus of the issue is on ephemera and ephemerality. It will promote those literary works that have remained in the peripheries of mainstream publishing infrastructure in Ireland and elsewhere.”

Colm Keegan, Gerald Dawe, and Nessa O’Mahony are now reviewing submissions for Poetry Ireland Review issues 136, 137 and 138 respectively. Tapasya Narang is commissioning poetry, prose, and artwork for Trumpet 11.