F190. A World of Our Own: Women’s Voices from Three Continents in Cultural Exchange

Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Halls D & E, Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Five women poets from Lebanon, Ireland, and the US discuss the cross-cultural intersections in the work of women writing and publishing in the global age. At different stages of recognition and publication, with some publishing outside of their countries, these poets also read excerpts from their work as they examine issues of aesthetics, gender, and ethnicity.



Tess Barry was shortlisted for the 2015 Manchester Poetry Prize, was twice a finalist for North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize, and shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Prize. Her poems have appeared in the US, UK, Ireland, and Australia. She teaches at Robert Morris University.

Jan Beatty’s five books of poetry include Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, The Switching Yard, and Red Sugar. Beatty hosts Prosody, a Public Radio show featuring national writers. She directs creative writing at Carlow University, Madwomen in the Attic workshops, and teaches in the MFA program.

Eleanor Hooker’s The Shadow Owner’s Companion was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine award for best first Irish collection. Her second book was recently published. Winner of the 2016 Bare Fiction Flash Fiction prize, she was nominated for both the Pushcart and Forward Prizes. She curates Dromineer Literary Festival, and she helms a lifeboat.

Zeina Hashem Beck's first book, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her forthcoming chapbook, 3arabi Song, won the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize. She’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Forward Prize. She's the founder of PUNCH, a Dubai-based poetry collective.

Clodagh Beresford Dunne is a 2016 recipient of an Irish Arts Council Emerging Writer Award. Her poems have been published in international journals. She holds degrees in English and law, is a qualified lawyer, was subeditor of her family’s newspaper, and a member of the National Union of Journalists in Ireland.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center