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

29th March 2022

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, 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.

Colm Keegan says, “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. It's also been a real eye opener for me, to see the scale of submissions and the vast spectrum of skills on display. I'm really looking forward to this edition, showcasing an exciting selection of new work from young poets and well-honed voices, not just from Ireland, but from all across the world."

Gerald Dawe says, “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 will edit a special edition dedicated to the life and work of poet and academic Eavan Boland (1944 – 2020). It is especially poignant as Eavan Boland edited Poetry Ireland Review issues 121 – 129.

Nessa O’Mahony says, "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. This special issue will provide the opportunity we didn't get due to the pandemic to express our communal appreciation for her extraordinary achievements as a writer, editor, teacher and supporter of so many other writers."

Poetry Ireland Review’s editorship rotates regularly, and previous editors have included Colette Bryce, Vona Groarke, John F Deane, Caitríona O Reilly, Paul Muldoon,
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Peter Sirr. Aifric Mac Aodha is the current Irish-language editor of the journal.

Tapasya 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.

Tapasya says, “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. It will look at Ireland’s historical and contemporary underground publishing trends and explore why individual poets and artists, as well as creative communities, might remain outside of the mainstream "spotlight" by their own design.

It will query the real value of "publishing" and the assumption that poetry is organised around the achievement of posterity. Beyond this, it will explore ephemerality as a mode of resistance to monoliths of authority, adopting a series of socio-economic and cultural lenses. In particular, the issue will highlight works that communicate the multi-sensory, and short-lived (but necessarily intense) nature of poetic ephemerality.”


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.

His first full-length play For Saoirse was staged in Axis Theatre and shortlisted for the Fishamble New Writing award and his short play Something Worth Saying, commissioned for the Abbey Theatre was called ‘exquisite and devastating’ by reviewer Emer O’ Kelly.

He was a co-founder of Lingo, Ireland’s first Spoken Word festival and has been awarded numerous residencies including the LexIcon, Ireland’s largest public library. He is a creative writing teacher and co-founder of the Inklinks Project, and has developed numerous creative writing projects for schools and colleges across the country.

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 (2017-2022). He was born in Belfast in 1952 and is Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin. He has held numerous visiting academic and writing positions in UK, Europe, and North America. He lives in Dún Laoghaire.

Nessa O’Mahony
Nessa O’Mahony was born in Dublin and lives there. She won the National Women’s Poetry Competition and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Prize and Hennessy Literature Awards. She is the recipient of three literature bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Bangor University and teaches with the Open University and the American College in Dublin. She 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. Her first work of historic crime fiction, The Branchman, was published by Arlen House in 2018. She has co-edited several anthologies of poetry, including (with Paul Munden) Divining Dante, a celebration of the 700th anniversary of the Italian poet, Dante Alighieri (Recent Work Press 2021) and (with Alan Hayes) Days of Clear Light. A Festschrift for Jessie Lendennie (Salmon Poetry 2021).

Tapasya Narang

Tapasya Narang lives in Dublin and is a lecturer in English at Dublin City University. She did 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. She is interested in transnationalism in the literary cultures of Ireland and her work emphasises intersections with other world literatures.