Katie Donovan on Irish Times-Poetry Now shortlist
Katie Donovan's fifth collection Off Duty has been shortlisted for the Irish Times-Poetry Now Award 2017, it was announced in the Irish Times of 4 February. She is one of five poets on the shortlist.
The €2,000 annual prize, which has been presented for the past 11 years, has been won by major poets including Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Harry Clifton, Sinead Morrissey, Dennis O’Driscoll and Theo Dorgan. The winner of last year’s Irish Times-Poetry Now award was Caitríona O’ Reilly for her third collection Geis (Bloodaxe Books, 2015).
The judges for this year’s prize are broadcaster and journalist Olivia O’Leary, editor of The Stinging Fly Declan Meade and poet and critic Michael O’Loughlin. This year’s winner will be announced in The Irish Times on 25 March and presented with the prize on the same day as part of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council’s Mountains-to-Sea literary festival.
Katie Donovan has just been named the next recipient of this year’s O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award, presented annually to an Irish poet by the University of St Thomas in Minnesota. She will be travelling to the US in April to collect her award and to give a reading from Off Duty.
Katie Donovan’s powerful fifth collection Off Duty was published by in September 2016 by Bloodaxe Books, who publish all her work. Her first three collections were gathered together in her 2010 retrospective Rootling: New & Selected Poems (2010), along with a new collection Rootling.
[06 February 2017]