New publications and Killeagh

Over the past two weeks, three new pieces have come out: two reviews for the Irish Times, and a personal essay in Crossing the Dissour.

Here I discuss three interesting books by Irish-American writer Colin Broderick. And here’s my review of Damien Goodfellow’s graphic novel about the Famine, Black ’47.

In my essay Juxtapositions, I discuss how I use humour to write about death and depression. It came out last week in issue 2 of Crossing the Dissour, which is published by Greywood Arts, a cultural centre in Killeagh, Co. Cork, where I spent a glorious week this summer.

Killeagh Old GraveyardGlenbower 1Glenbower 2


Forum on Religion and Irish-American Identity

I’ve just got the green light for my call for papers for a special forum for the journal Religion & Literature (University of Notre Dame Press) on “Religion and Cultural Identity in Irish-American Literature.” I’ll be inviting some 6-10 experts in the field of Irish-American literature to contribute pieces exploring different aspects of this topic, which is curiously neglected in the scholarship.