Irish Arts Center PoetryFest honours Montague

John Montague

New York-born Tyrone poet John Montague will be one of the main attractions at the 2012 IAC PoetryFest (Picture:

Poet John Montague (pictured) will be honoured at the fourth annual Irish Arts Center PoetryFest in New York early next month.

Ciaran Berry, Theo Dorgan, Mary O’Malley and Leanne O’Sullivan  are other Irish poets who will participate at PoetryFest between November 2-4.

Several American poets are also in the line-up, with the festival climaxing with a reading by Montague and US Pulitzer winner C.K. Williams on Sunday, November 4th at 5pm.

Those readings will follow a public conversation between Dorgan and Montague, so anyone with an interest in Irish writing who happens to be in New York on the first weekend of next month is in for a treat.

The PoetryFest is being curated once again by Belinda McKeon, whose acclaimed debut novel Solace won the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year award in 2011, and her husband, the philosopher Aengus Woods.

McKeon has plenty of experience of literary festivals, having curated DLR Poetry Now in Dun Laoghaire between 2008 and 2011.

Tickets to the IAC PoetryFest events range from free to $15. More details and booking information is available at


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