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Irish poet to speak Oct. 10

Acclaimed Irish poet Moya Cannon will present a poetry reading Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Education lecture hall.

Cannon studied history and politics at the National University of Ireland and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. She served several years as editor for Poetry Island Review, Ireland’s premier poetry journal.

Cannon received the Brendan Behan Memorial Prize for her first collection, “Oar.” Her second collection of verse is titled “Parchment Boat,” and her third, tentatively titled “Carrying the Songs,” will debut soon. She was also the recipient of the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award, the chief plaudit for Irish poetry in the United States.

In addition to speaking Tuesday evening, Cannon will conduct an afternoon workshop with students in an upper-division creative writing course.

Cannon’s visit is sponsored by Georgia Southern University’s Center for Irish Studies and the Department of Writing and Linguistics. The poetry reading is free and open to the public.

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