Master of Fine Arts Visiting Writer
Annemarie Ní Churreáin
Originally from Donegal Gaeltacht, Ireland, Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet whose work is steeped in the traditional of Irish folklore to being a twist to the landscape of myth and to the modern subjects of empowering women, as she explores her life and contemporary Ireland through the lens of hierarchical social constructs. Her books include Bloodroot, Town, and most recently, The Poison Glen. She is a co-librettist of Elsewhere, an opera by Straymaker (IRL). Ní Churreáin is a recipient of the Next Generation Artist Award from the President of Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council of Ireland and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. She has received fellowships and awards from the Jack Kerouac House (Florida), Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris) and Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany). This summer, she was the first Writer-in-Residence in Reinhardt University MFA Program and marks her second visit to Waleska. In addition to her workshops, evening readings, and interaction with the MFA students, she lectured on the Irish boglands as long-standing inspirational landscapes for poetry, literature and artistic responses; family trauma and looking at the intergenerational nature of loss; and reconnecting with the divine feminine.