Poetry Reading by Richard Halperin – May 21st

Saturday 21st May 2011.    4 pm.   The Library.

Richard W. Halperin Reads His Poetry

Richard W. Halperin made his public debut as a poet in the Glenstal Abbey library in 2006, following a talk he gave in the Glenstal Abbey Metanexus series. He has since read in festivals and other venues all over Ireland, including most recently at the Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin.

His first collection Anniversary (Salmon Poetry Limited) was published last year. Two other collections have been scheduled, the next to appear in May 2012. Of Anniversary, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin writes, ‘This is a passionate exploration of what makes life beautiful and devastating, a journey in delight, bereavement and above all memory.’ Mr Halperin is widely published in journals and anthologies; this Spring he has poems in over a dozen publications in Ireland, the U.K and France.  The most recent of his poems to be honored are ‘Blue Day’ and ‘Croke Park,’ in the 2010 Dromineer and the iYeats competitions, respectively. Mr Halperin was for over a decade UNESCO’s Chief of Section for Teacher Education. For UNESCO, he edited the teacher education book Reading and Writing Poetry, downloadable gratis in English, French and Spanish. Mr. Halperin holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the City University of New York. He will read from Anniversary and from various works-in-progress.