Joan McBreen


Joan McBreen

Joan McBreen is from Sligo. She divides her time between Tuam and Renvyle, County Galway. Her poetry collections are: The Wind Beyond the Wall (Story Line Press, 1990), A Walled Garden in Moylough (Story Line Press and Salmon Poetry, 1995), Winter in the Eye – New and Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2003) and Heather Island (Salmon Poetry, 2009, reprinted 2013). She was awarded an MA from University College, Dublin in 1997.

Her anthology The White Page / An Bhileog Bhán – Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets was published by Salmon Poetry in 1999 and is in its third reprint. Her poetry is published widely in Ireland and abroad and has been broadcast, anthologised and translated into many languages. Her CD The Long Light on the Land – Selected Poems, read to a background of traditional Irish airs and classical music, was produced by Ernest Lyons Productions, Castlebar, County Mayo in 2004. She has given readings and talks in many universities in the USA including Emory, Villanova, De Paul (Chicago), Cleveland, Lenoir Rhynne, N.C. and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In 2010 she undertook a six week reading tour of Nebraska, Iowa and Alabama and in 2012 she read at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN and at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Joan McBreen’s publications also include her anthology The Watchful Heart – A New Generation of Irish Poets – Poems and Essays (Salmon Poetry, 2009). She has been involved for many years with Irish literary festivals including the Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Clifden Arts Festival, Listowel Writers’ Week and the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway. She is a serving member of the board of Poetry Ireland.

Joan McBreen’s papers are at MARBL (Manuscripts and Rare Books Library) Emory University, Atlanta, GA.