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Hua Xi & Otto Goodwin in Conversation with Sean Hewitt

Thursday, 23 November 2023, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Hua Xi & Otto Goodwin in Conversation with Sean Hewitt

The School of English is organizing an evening of poetry and provocation with 2023 Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award Winners Hua Xi and Otto Goodwin, who will read from their work, followed by a conversation with award-winning poet, critic, and memoirist Sean Hewitt. 

The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award seeks to extend the legacy of Eavan Boland, and highlights exceptional work by poets who have not yet published a first book. The Award is sponsored by Trinity College Dublin, Poetry Ireland, and Stanford University. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate poetry as it grapples with the changes and challenges of the 21st century.

Hua Xi (she/they) is a writer and artist. Their work has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. They previously won the Boston Review Poetry Contest, was named the 2022 Poet-to-Come Scholar by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, and received a 2023 NEA Fellowship in Poetry. They help edit interviews at Guernica and read poetry for The Drift.

Eavan Boland Award judge Diane Seuss said of Hua Xi's work: “these expansive, artful, and challenging manuscripts convince me that poetry is anything but dead. I admire the range of what these poets are bringing to the page, locating themselves, like a bead on a string, between tradition and experimentation, and like Eavan Boland herself, between history and a singular interiority. I was intrigued by the degree of hybridity in these poems, many of which explore the hinge between poem and memoir, the novel, the dramatic monologue, the treatise, and typographical art.”

Otto Goodwin (he/they) is a Cork-based poet, currently studying English at UCC. Their poetry has been published in Cyphers magazine, the Irish Independent, and the Quarryman journal and they have performed at events such as Over the Edge, Pride in Print, and the Cúirt New Writers showcase. Their poetry is their attempt to blur the boundaries between humans and the landscape, finding kinship and solidarity in the natural world.
Sean Hewitt is a poet, writer and literary critic.His first collection of poetry, Tongues of Fire (Jonathan Cape, 2020), was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and won The Laurel Prize in 2021. His second collection of poems is Rapture’s Road (Jonathan Cape, 2024). His memoir, All Down Darkness Wide (Jonathan Cape, 2022), won The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

This event is free but places are limited; book now via Eventbrite:…

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Public
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Contact Name: Dr Kevin Power

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