Joan McBreen will bring the spirit of Ireland to the University of Missouri–St. Louis during a reading of her poetry from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 14 in 331 Social Sciences & Business Building on UMSL’s campus. This reading is free and open to the public.

McBreen’s 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). Her anthology, “The White Page/ An Bhileog Bhán – Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets,” was published by Salmon in 1999 and is in its third reprint. Her poetry is published widely in Ireland and abroad, and has been broadcast, anthologized 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 in 2004.

The reading is sponsored by the Smurfit-Stone Endowed Professorship in Irish Studies at UMSL, Center for International Studies at UMSL and the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

More information: or 314-516-7299

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