Beir Bua Press is delighted to announce that our 2022 T. S. Eliot Prize Nomination goes to Cormac Culkeen.
Cormac Culkeen is a writer of poetry, fiction and short stories. He lives and works in Galway and is currently completing a BA Connect in Creative Writing in NUI Galway, returning to university full time as a mature student in 2018. His written work has been published in The Burning Bush, Skylight 47 and The Wild Word poetry magazines. He believes that writing should knock the air from a reader’s lungs, give them something to go into the world with or sit in their head like a waiting spider. Sometimes all three.
“Cormac Culkeen is the sort of poet Ireland desperately needs right now. His poems throw a sharp, interrogating light on places and people contemporary Ireland generally likes to omit from its official version of itself. A plain-speaking neo-surrealist in the manner of Richard Brautigan has arisen from the rarely written of townlands of north county Galway. I have been a fan of Culkeen’s writing since I first stumbled across it in a literary magazine in 2002. The publication of The Boy with the Radio is a true cause for celebration. If I ever become Minister for Justice, Culkeen’s poems will be force fed to Sandymount liberals as part of their cultural re-education.” Kevin Higgins, poet, political writer, founder of Over The Edge Writer’s Centre, latest work out with Beir Bua Press
To learn more about his work, read here.