2018 HVIF Spoken Word Tent Lineup- Coming Soon!


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- Tim Dwyer – REMEMBERING THE POETS- 100th Anniversary of Francis Ledwidge’s death; 50th Anniversary of Patrick Kavanagh’s death; recent death of John Montague; Remembering the forgotten poets: Lola Ridge and Padraic Fiacc; Rising young poet: Paul McMahon

1:15 PM- Poet Drew Lamm, children’s author and curator of the Taste Life Twice writing workshops

1:30 PM- Writer/Storyteller Marianne McShane, Stamford based County Down
native, reading acclaimed Irish novelist Alan McMonagle’s Bloomsday Bus Driver

1: 45 PM- Irish Speaker Sean Woltman presenting contemporary master Irish language poets, including Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Cathal Ó Searcaigh

2:00 PM- Irish American Historian/Author John Ridge, Celebrating 250 Years Of The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Quinnipiac University Press.
President of New York Irish History Roundtable, presenting on the history of the Irish in New York

2:15 PM – Poet Connie Roberts, New York-based County Offaly native, Creative Writing faculty, Hofstra University, Little Witness, Arlen Press

2:30 PM- Writer/Storyteller Marianne McShane telling her original story, The Boy Who Rescued The Mermaid, accepted for publication by Candlewick Press

2: 45 PM- Poet David McLoghlin, New York-based Dublin native, launching his new book, Santiago Sketches, Salmon Poetry.

3:00 PM- 5:00 PM Irish American Writers & Artists Salon

IAW&W Salon hosted by John Kearns, Salon director.

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

Jenifer Margaret Kelly

John Kearns

Maura Mulligan and Marie Reilly

Kate Vaughan

Eilin O’Dea

MJ Neary

John Brennan

Don Meade

Tom Mahon

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