Poetry Ireland is deeply saddened to learn of the death of poet, teacher, mentor and critic James J McAuley.
James served on the editorial board of Poetry Ireland Review for a period in the 1960s and his poetry appeared in the journal many times through the years.
He emigrated to the US in 1966 where he received an MFA degree from the University of Arkansas in 1971. James taught poetry and poetics, literature and Irish Studies courses at Lycoming College and Eastern Washington University where he was also founding director of their Creative Writing Programs. For 20 years, he directed the EWU Summer Writing Workshops at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin and from 1993-1997, he was Director of EWU Press.
His poetry and prose was widely published in Ireland, England, Canada and the US, with several collections published, the latest of which was New and Selected Poems (Dedalus), published in 2005.
Poetry Ireland was fortunate to have James lead workshops with Introductions participants, imparting his knowledge and expertise on poetry. Jessica Colley shares her experience in this article from our archive, published in 2010.
Our thought and sympathies are with the family and friends of James.