Smithereens Literary Magazine Issue #1

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Contributors Michael Begnal has published the collections Future Blues (Salmon Poetry, 2012) and Ancestor Worship (Salmon Poetry, 2007), as well as the chapbook The Muddy Banks (Ghost City Press, 2016). His poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Notre Dame Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Empty Mirror, The Pickled Body, The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing, 2016), and Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2017). He can be found online at

Amanda Bell’s collection First the Feathers is shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award. Her haibun collection Undercurrents won second place in the HSA’s Merit Book Award 2017, and was shortlisted for a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. Her children’s book The Lost Library Book was published by The Onslaught Press in 2017.

Trish Bennett won the Leitrim Guardian 2017 & 2018 Literary Awards for Poetry, was Commended at The Bangor Literary Journal’s ‘40 Words Competition’ in 2018, Shortlisted at the North West Words / Donegal Creameries Poetry Awards (2017) and Long Listed for the “Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Award” in 2013. Her work has been published in several magazines and anthologies, online and in print and on BBC Radio Ulster. She is a member of Women Aloud Northern Ireland and is working on her first anthology of poetry.

Fióna Bolger lives between Ireland and India. Her work has appeared in Southword, The Brown Critique, Poetry Bus, The Chattahoochee Review and others. With K. Srilata, she recently edited All the Worlds Between (Yoda Press, Delhi, 2017), a poetry project between Ireland and India. She is a co-ordinator of Dublin Writers' Forum and a member of the creative team of Outlandish Theatre Platform. She is an English Literature PhD candidate in Dublin City University. Her grimoire, The Geometry of Love Between the Elements is available from Poetry Bus Press.

Mairéad Byrne is Professor of Poetry + Poetics at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, teaching courses in Sound Poetry, Visual Poetry, Digital Poetics, Material Poetics, Contemporary Poetry, and poetry workshops. She has published six collections, including Famosa na sua cabeça (2015), selected and translated by Dirceu Villa, and runs couscous, a peripatetic performance series of diverse poetries.


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