Wednesday, November 11, 2009

David McLoghlin interview: 11/10/2009

I interviewed David McLoghlin on November 10th, 2009, in Lawrence, KS. David was born in Dublin, Ireland, and has lived in Belgium, the U.S., France, Spain, and in West Kerry, Ireland. He is currently living in Lawrence, KS. David has received a number of awards for his writing, including second prize in the 2009 Patrick Kavanagh Awards, first prize in the English section of the inaugural Frances Brown Multilingual Poetry Competition, and selection by Poetry Ireland to participate in their annual Introductions reading series for emerging poets. In 2006 he was awarded a major Arts Council of Ireland Bursary for his memoir, The Traveled Child, which describes his family's emigration to Brussels and Connecticut, during the early 1980's. In April 2007 he received a grant from Kerry County Council that allowed him to spend several weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland's best-known artists' retreat. His writing has appeared in journals such as Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Southword, Cyphers, The Stony Thursday Book, Studies, Blue Canary Press, Milwaukee (edited by James Liddy), and The Irish Catholic newspaper. Most recently, six of David's poems were published by The Stinging Fly, after he was chosen as the Featured Poet for their Winter 2009-10 issue. I interviewed David in the bowels of the Watson Library on the University of Kansas campus, surrounded by tomes and outcroppings of piping and machinery.

(The MP3 of the interview is available to download to your computer, or Ipod/MP3 player HERE.)

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