The Annual Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry

Left to right, Stephen Sexton, Nick Laird, Enda Longley and Ned Denny

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2020

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November 1: For the eighth year, Glucksman Ireland House at NYU welcomed the winner of one of the poetry world’s most coveted prizes, the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection as judged by a select committee at Queens University Belfast. This year’s judges were Professor Nick Laird, Chair of Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre; Professor Edna Longley, critic and Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University Belfast; and Dr. Stephen Sexton, poet and lecturer at the Seamus Heaney Centre.

Tom Quinlan

The winner, Ned Denny, read from his Unearthly Toys: Poems and Masks, (Carcanet Press, 2018) at the annual Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry. Seamus Heaney himself inaugurated the first Tom Quinlan lecture in 2011 at Glucksman Ireland House NYU to endorse the importance of the first published book of poetry in a poet’s literary life. The lecture series, established by the Quinlan family, is named for Tom Quinlan in honor of his nearly 70 years as a poetry teacher and scholar. Quinlan, a member of Glucksman Ireland House since 1997, also read at this event.

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