2018 HVIF Spoken Word Tent Lineup- Update!


Spoken Word Tent is located in Northmost Riverside Tent 

(Rain or Shine, SORRY No Coolers, No Outside Beverages, SORRY,  Service Animals Only)

We are delighted that the Spoken word tent is masterfully curated by our Poet Laureate Tim Dwyer, author of Smithy Of Our Longing: Poems From The Irish Diaspora, Lapwing Publications, and John Kearns, author, and Irish American Writers And Artists Salon Host. They bring artists from all aspects of Irish and Irish American Arts, Drama, Literature, electronic media, filmmakers, documentarians, historians, storytellers, photographers, painters, poster artists, and graphic artists.  Artists at Hudson Valley Irish Fest have introduced our guests to projects of importance like ultramarathoner Tom McGrath’s documentary and autobiography, Rossa & Williams Coles documentary Rebel Rossa and the campaign that erected Irish patriot John Devoy’s statue in his native Kildare. We are indebted to our good friends for sharing their passion for Irish arts with us all.


(Books of the presenters will be available for purchase throughout the presentations)

Curated/Hosted by Tim Dwyer, poet, Smithy Of Our Longing: Poems From The Irish Diaspora, Lapwing Publications

1:00 PM- Poet Joan DiBlasi will read from her recent works.

1:15 PM- AOH Historian Bob Bateman, will present on Irish/Irish American History

1:30 PM- Irish Speaker Sean Woltman will present Irish language poetry from medieval to
contemporary times

1:45 PM- Writer/Storyteller Marianne McShane, County Down native, will tell a couple of
Irish tales.

2:00 PM- Irish American Historian/Author John Ridge, President of New York Irish History
Roundtable will present on NY Irish Seaside Resorts of the Past.

2:15 PM – Novelist Kevin Holohan, Dublin native, will read from his critically acclaimed novel, The Brothers Lot.

2:30 PM- Poet Tim Dwyer will read from his recent works

2: 45 PM- Beyond Yeats and Heaney- Presenters will read contemporary Irish poetry

3:00 Special Appearance  Jude Collins, Broadcaster, Journalist, editor of Martin McGuinness: The Man I Knew, will speak about Ireland and Brexit.

Followed by 2018 Anniversary Irish American Writers & Artists HVIF Salon

IAW&W Salon hosted by John Kearns, Salon director, features a full program of poetry, fiction, music, theater, and humor by the members of irish American Writers & Artists

HVIF are thrilled to present this 2018 Anniversary Salon lineup and will update this program as details arrive.

  • Bernard Smith (singer)
  • Lissa Kiernan (poet)
  • John Skocik (singer)
  • Jenifer Margaret Kelly (poet)
  • Kate Vaughan (writer)
  • Kevin McPartland (novelist)
  • Mark Butler  (playwright)
  • Annalisa Chamberlin (actress/singer — she will likely read something of mine)
  • John Kearns
  • Malachy McCourt

About Irish American Writers & Artists, IAW&A Salons began in June 2011, the brainchild of Malachy McCourt. Literary and artistic, twice each month in New York City and occasionally on the road IAW&A gather writers and artists who wish to share excerpts of their work in any genre. Last month IAW&A featured at Electric Picnic as part of an Irish Tour.
They welcome poetry, fiction, nonfiction, theatre, storytelling, comedy, music, dance, creative juggling, and even integrating short film and photography. Artists are welcome at Salons and must commit to a time slot of either less than 5 minutes or between 5 and 8 minutes.

Hudson Valley Irish Fest is proud members of IAW&A and supports their annual fundraiser, the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually to a writer, actor or actress, musician, painter, or another artist who has created a body of work that places them among the great artists and entertainers of all time. Television Talk-Show Pioneer Phil Donahue received the 2017 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award on October 16, 2017

To learn more, say Hello to John Kearns and the Salon presenters at the Fest or please contact IASalon@hotmail.com or visit www.i-am-wa.org