The 2015-16 Season Kicks Off with Poet Connie Roberts
The poet Connie Roberts will
present readings from her recently published book of poems Little Witness at the Irish Cultural Society meeting. The meeting convenes at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
September 15 in the Garden City Library, 60 Seventh Street, across the street
from the Garden City Hotel. The meeting
is free and open to the public.
A native of County Offaly, Professor Roberts
awed the audience at the reception for the launching of the Hofstra Irish
Studies Program, of which she is a member.
Her powerful poems about her experiences growing up in an industrial
school (orphanage) are collected in Little
Witness. She and her son Aedan will
read selected poems which reflect the harshness of the industrial school
setting and the grit of those who will to survive and thrive.
Professor Roberts teaches
creative writing at Hofstra University.
She is the winner of many awards for her literary work, including the
Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Irish Arts Council Award, and the George M.
Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from Hofstra. Connie is an active competitor in poetry
contests like the iYeats Poetry Competition, the Fermoy International Poetry
Competition, the Swift Satire Contest and the Boyle Arts Festival Poetry
Competition. Professor Roberts’ genius
for putting hard truths into beautiful language will make poetry enthusiasts of
all of those who attend her presentation.
Those in attendance will
observe a moment of silence for recently deceased officers Martin Kelly,
president for twenty-three years, and Joseph McCormack, membership chairman. The new president, Clare Curtin, and the new
vice president, Anne Fitzgerald, will be introduced to the membership.