Writing CV

Publications

This Little World, my debut poetry collection, was published by Doire Press, 17 June 2017. Available in Charlie Byrne’s and Kennys’ Bookshops in Galway, The Ennis Bookshop in Ennis, and online here from Doire Press.

This Little World cover
Cover for This Little World © Karen J McDonnell & Doire Press

Reviews for This Little World

http://laganonline.co/review-karen-j-mcdonnell-this-little-world/

http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/94223/poetry-on-the-political-end-of-the-spectrum

 

Anthologies

‘Obsignatores’, a poetic essay in Medieval Travel and Travellers Real and Imagined: Travel as Transformation ed., Prof. June-Ann Greeley, (ARC Humanities Press) Forthcoming in the U.S.

‘Scent’ in Gondal Heights, an anthology  in response to the work of the Brontës, ed., Marie Lecrivain, (Sybaritic Press, Los Angeles) Forthcoming.

‘Lightstorming’ in The Stony Thursday Book ed., Nessa O’Mahony (Limerick City & County Arts Office, October 2018)

‘The Good Room’ in the Take Heart special edition of Spontaneity.org ed., Ruth McKee (April 2018) Online                                                                                                          http://spontaneity.org/issue-14/the-good-room/

‘East’ in Poetry NI: Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 ed., Colin Dardis (Poetry Northern Ireland, 2016) Online                                                        http://www.poetryni.com/poems-for-holocaust-memorial-day-2016.html

‘Grave Good’ in The Stony Thursday Book ed., Mary O’Donnell (Limerick City & County Arts Office, 2015)

‘At Sea’ in Wild Atlantic Words ed., John Bayliss Post (Hungry Hill Writing, 2015)

‘My Grief is Great’ in Rubicon: words and art inspired by Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, ed., Marie Lecrivain (Sybaritic Press, Los Angeles 2015)

‘Clocháns, Killard’ and ‘Evening Fire on the Burren’ in Brain of Forgetting (Stone) eds., Bernadette McCarthy & Tom Jordan (Brain of Forgetting Press, Cork, 2015)

‘Limerick in Spring, 1918’ and ‘At Corranroo’ in The Stony Thursday Book ed., Peter Sirr (Limerick City & County Arts Office, 2014)

‘Upstream the Bliss of Heaven’ in Words on the Waves 2014 (Words on the Street, 2014)

‘An Cúirt’ (Fiction) in Crannóg 23 (Crannóg Media, 2010)

Online

‘Wall’, excerpt from Unsettled – A West Bank Journal in The Galway Review   (03 December 2017)

Karen J McDonnell – Wall

 

Four poems in The Rochford Street Review, Issue 22 on Contemporary Irish Poets ed., Mark Roberts (Australia, June 2017)

Contemporary Irish Poetry Featured Writer: Karen J. McDonnell

 

‘Where the land meets the sky.’ Photography in Al-Kehmia Poetica for U.S. National Women’s Month. Guest Editor Marie Lecrivain. ( 17 March, 2017)

http://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.ie/2017/03/national-womens-month-karen-j_17.html

‘The High Road’ in The Honest Ulsterman  (February, 2017)

 

‘Afterlife I, II, III’

‘Nollaig na mBan’

Excerpt from Unsettled – a West Bank Journal (literary non-fiction)

‘Down’ (short fiction)

All in poeticdiversity Los Angeles (2012-2017)

Print

Hennessy New Irish Writing – September 2017 Poetry Winner                                                        Irish Times (30 September 2017)

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/hennessy-new-irish-writing-september-2017-winning-poems-1.3234653

Several poems published in the Clare Champion in the Poets’ Corner column (2013-2017)

Journalism/Media 

‘Five Years On – Remembering Heaney, Remembering Loss’ in the Irish Times Culture online

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/five-years-on-remembering-seamus-heaney-remembering-loss-1.3612408        (30 August 2018)

‘Walter Macken Centenary’ in the Clare Champion (2015)

Many articles, theatre & book reviews in SIN (2012-2014)

‘Seamus Heaney: A Month’s Mind’ in SIN (2013)

‘Karen has Libya on her mind’ in the Clare Champion (2011)

‘Postcard from the West Bank’ in the Irish Times (2008)

Collaborations

The Bangor Poetry Competition – exhibition of framed, handwritten poems, with other artworks as part of the Aspects Festival (September, 2018)

The Aldeburgh Collaborative – curated by Maria Isakova as part of her Aldeburgh Residency. A collaboration of 48 poets writing collectively on one day from different maritime locations around Ireland, Britain, California and France; accompanied by photographs taken at each location.   (31 August, 2018 and later)

‘This Water has Passion’ – Open-air spoken word event at Coole Park, Co. Galway.                 Filmed and organised as part of a series by Kevin Bateman      08 July 2018          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZdOcnsA4UM

Take Heart popup – Art and Writing auction in aid of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, in conjunction with the Take Heart special edition of Spontaneity.org, May 2018

‘Seven Sisters’ poetry reading inspired by #Fired #HedgeSchool movement.                                  See AWomanPoetsCanon.com  At the Record Break Café, February 2018.

‘Exposition’ Artists respond to work by poems from the Clare Poetry Collective. Exhibition of art and poems at the Record Break Café, Ennis.  My poem is ‘Turlough’ – from This Little World. (Exhibition from 25 Nov 2017 – Jan 2018.)

‘Can-do Poetry’ was one of 30 poems chosen to be exhibited around the city of Limerick for its Poetry Month, organised by the Limerick Writers’ Centre. (April 2017)

Artists created work in response to two of my poems for the exhibition ‘To Be or Naught To Be is Written in Sand’. The painting and copies of each poem were shown at Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare. (2015)

Shortlisted

The Bangor Poetry Competition (2018) 2 poems

The Robert Monteith International Poetry Competition (2017)

UCHG/Cúirt Poems for Patience (2017, 2014)

Wild Atlantic Words Poetry Competition (Runner-up, 2015)

Words on the Waves Poetry Competition (Winner, 2014)

Longlisted

Anthony Cronin Poetry Prize  (2018)

Dermot Healy Poetry Prize (2017)

Words on the Waves Poetry Competition (2016)

Over the Edge New Writer  (2014)

Nominations

Nominated for Listowel Pigott Poetry Prize 2018 – This Little World

Nominated for the 2018 Shine/Strong Award for best first collection – This Little World

‘Palmyra 2016’ nominated in Single Poem category at the 2017 Bórd Gáis Energy Irish Books Awards

An excerpt from Unsettled – A West Bank Journal (non-fiction) was nominated for Best of the Net in the U.S. (2014)

Radio

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1. Broadcast 11 March 2018:  poem ‘Joan-In Two Snapshots’

Arena [Arts programme], RTÉ Radio 1. Broadcast 28 July 2018:  featured poet, marking publication of This Little World

The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1. Broadcast 23 April 2016 & 15 April 2017:  Wrote the brief for the slot, and was interviewed about women’s poetry from WW1.  Read three of the poems.

The Marian Finucane Show, RTÉ Radio 1. Broadcast ? 2005: Panel discussion on aspects of Romania. Reviewed the The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

Reviews of other work

Other                                                                                                                                                           I was a journalist and Theatre & Literature Editor of SIN, the student newspaper of NUI Galway. In that role I published guest writer contributions from President Michael D Higgins, and the American writer and poet Thomas Lynch. I wrote articles, arts reviews, colour pieces, and edited other contributions.

I have written, produced, and presented my own radio work on W ild Atlantic Waves Radio 2014-2015, appeared on the Marian Finucane Show on RTE1 as a book reviewer.

Presently, I am a volunteer and committee member with Kinvara Community Radio, KINVARA FM. I present an Arts-focussed show, The Western Skyline. You can listen to podcasts by accessing the Menu above. There are also older radio podcasts from my time with Wild Atlantic Waves student radio station.

Interviews

http://thegloss.ie/writers-block-with-karen-j-mcdonnell/

 

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