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US Poet to Perform in Library

Clare Champion, Friday, 6th October 2006

A leading Irish American poet, writer and translator will perform a reading of his latest book in the de Valera Library, Ennis next Tuesday at 7pm. Carlos Reyes, a native of Portland in Oregon, maintains an eighteenth century Irish cottage on the outskirts of Miltown Malbay from where he has drawn much of his inspiration for his book At the Edge of the Western Wave. The book, which was first published in 2004, features a collection of poems based on his experience and interpretation of life in rural county Clare.

Speaking ahead of next week's reading by Mr. Reyes, Carrie Stafford, Executive Librarian with Clare County Library said, "Mr. Reyes has for many years been coming to Clare and has found the county to be a source of inspiration for his works. He uniquely captures snapshots of rural life in Clare, which is reflective of his ability to make the ordinary day-to-day happenings appear extraordinary. What is clearly evident about 'At the Edge of the Western Wave' is his ability to perfectly encapsulate rural Ireland through a mixture of tragedy, humour and spirituality".

Carlos has been teaching poetry writing in Oregon, Washington and Nevada schools since 1982. His books of poetry include The Shingle Weaver's Journal - a finalist for the Elliston Prize, Nightmarks and A Suitcase Full of Crows. He has also published nine books including The Wiindows, The Prisoner, The Orange Letters, At Doolin Quay, Open Doors', and most recently a translation of Edwin Madrid's Puertas Abiertas.

Hundreds of his poems have appeared in national and international literary journals and anthologies. Reyes has been a Yaddo Fellow, a fellow at the Fundación Valparaíso (Mojácar, Spain), and received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship for poetry. Since 1964 he has been the editor and publisher of Trash House Books Inc. He is also a founding editor of Hubbub: A Magazine of Poetry.

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