LECTURE at Pendle Hill: “Poetry and Prayer; poems to deepen the language of the heart”. Monday October 28 (start time to be confirmed, but probably 6.30 or 7pm). Check pendlehill.org for details.
In times of trouble, we look for comfort: comfort in action, in protest, in change, in language and in shared experiences. This evening will explore poems to deepen the language of the heart during troubling times. Using poems from his own works, as well as poems from others, Pádraig Ó Tuama will explore poetry’s capacity to enlargen the heart, to deepen courage, to name truths, and to speak the deepest desires of the heart.
Poets Speaking Back to Catholicism
Tuesday, October 29th, 7 pm, Foley Center
Pádraig Ó Tuama, Irish poet and theologian,and Marie Howe, American poet and former poet laureate of the state of New York, will do a reading of their poetry and discuss the intersection of language and religion, and the transformative power of poetry.
I’ll be giving the Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature — entitled Set my Tongue on Fire — at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale in November. The event is free, and there is no registration needed. More details on the ISM event page.
Enormous thanks to staff at ISM and the trustees of the fund for this opportunity.
I’m delighted to be part of the Fall 2019 reading series run by the Marin Poetry Center. On Thursday Sept 19th, I’ll be reading, alongside the wonderful Matthew Siegel. This event is free and open to the public. You can get more details here.
I will be in conversation with Scot Sherman from the Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco on Wed, September 18, 2019 between 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Under the theme “In the Shelter of Each Other” we will discuss practices from the Irish context that are about community, peace, dialogue, argument and mis/understanding. This is part of the ‘Conversations for the Common Good’ series of Newbigin House of Studies.
I am delighted to take part in a poetry event reading — Words Beyond Words — on Tuesday, September 17th 2019, 5:00pmto 7:00pm at the Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709
The evening will include a reading of select poems responding to the theme of sacred texts, as illustrated in CARe's 2019 Fall exhibition, Beyond Words. Acclaimed poet and pastor Rev. Nate Klug lead discussion on the ways in which faith relates to poetry and the creative process. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.
This event is free and open to the public. More details here.
I’ll be doing an evening of poetry, music and reflection with the magnificent Owen Ó Súilleabháin at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo on August 8th from 6pm -9pm.
It’ll open up with a poetic event reflecting on the Celtic season of Lúnasadh, followed by poetry and song from myself and Owen. You can buy tickets here.
I’m thrilled to offer a class at the Glen Workshop, run by the delicious folks at Image Journal, in July 2019 in New Mexico, USA. The Glen Workshop is a weeklong gathering that’s equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat. The class I’ll be offering is called ‘Poetry and Preaching’.