The Southword Poetry Podcast is produced by the Munster Literature Centre. In 2022 it was hosted by Sarah Byrne. In 2023 it was hosted by Clíona Ní Ríordáin. Every episode, a guest poet talks in depth about their latest work and shares a few of their poems. We also hear a poem from a recent issue of the literary journal Southword. The Munster Literature Centre is a grateful recipient of funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Office of Cork City Council.
Paul Muldoon: Howdie-Skelp
Paul Muldoon is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and the most recent, Howdie-Skelp (2021). His other awards include the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 2003 Griffin Prize, the 2015 Pigott Prize, and the 2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Born in County Armagh in 1951, he has lived sine 1987 in the United States, where he is the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.
This week's Southword poem is ‘Last’ by Amy Woolard, which appears in issue 43. You can buy single issues, subscribe, or find out how to submit to Southword here.
Ishion Hutchinson: House of Lords and Commons
Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among others. He is a contributing editor to the literary journals The Common and Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art and teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.
This week's Southword poem is ‘Elegy’ by Olaitan Humble, which appears in issue 43. You can buy single issues, subscribe, or find out how to submit to Southword here.
Susannah Dickey: Oh!
Susannah Dickey grew up in Derry and now lives in London. She is the author of four poetry pamphlets, I had some very slight concerns (2017), genuine human values (2018), bloodthirsty for marriage (2020), and Oh! (2022). In 2019 she won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, and in 2021 she was longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award. She is an Eric Gregory Award winner, a prize granted for a collection by poets under the age of 30. Her debut poetry collection, Isdal, will be published in 2023. She is the author of Tennis Lessons (2020) and Common Decency (2022), both published by Doubleday UK.
This week's Southword poem is ‘Lagan’ by Niamh Prior, which appears in issue 41. You can buy single issues, subscribe, or find out how to submit to Southword here.
Dean Browne: Kitchens at Night
Dean Browne won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2021 and his pamphlet, Kitchens at Night, was a winner of the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition; it was published by Smith|Doorstop in 2022. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as Banshee, Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Review, PN Review, Southword, The Stinging Fly, and elsewhere.
This week's Southword poem is ‘Egyptian Wing’ by Heather Treseler, which appears in issue 41. You can buy single issues, subscribe, or find out how to submit to Southword here.
Molly Twomey: Raised Among Vultures
Molly Twomey grew up in Lismore, County Waterford, and graduated in 2019 with an MA in Creative Writing from University College Cork. She has been published in Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Mslexia, The Stinging Fly and elsewhere. She runs an online international poetry event, Just to Say, sponsored by Jacar Press. In 2021, she was chosen for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series and awarded an Arts Council Literature Bursary. Her debut collection, Raised Among Vultures, will be published in May 2022 with The Gallery Press.
This week's Southword poem is ‘Reading Ilya Kaminsky’ by Gerard Smyth, which appears in issue 42. You can buy single issues, subscribe, or find out how to submit to Southword here.
Shangyang Fang: Burying the Mountain
Shangyang Fang grew up in Chengdu, China, and composes poems both in English and Chinese. While studying civil engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he realized his bigger passion lies in the architecture of language and became a poetry fellow at Michener Center for Writers. He is the recipient of the Joy Harjo Poetry Award and Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize. His name, Shangyang, originating from Chinese mythology, was a one-legged bird whose dance brought forth flood and rain. His debut is Burying the Mountain from Copper Canyon Press.
This week's Southword poem is ‘The Last Kodak Moment’ by Timothy McBride, which appears in issue 41. You can buy single issues, subscribe, or find out how to submit to Southword here.