Kiely - Poet - Dublin, Ireland

Kevin Kiely

Dublin, Ireland


Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Critic, Raconteur, Lecturer,



Work History

Academic and Literary Critic

Culture Commentator

From February 2014

uary 2014 onwards.
Book Tour Promoting: SOS Lusitania Dubray Bookstores 'World Book Month' March 2014 and Selected as 'One Book One Community' in the Centenary Year of the Lusitania for 2015
World War One: Commemoration Poetry Reading Sandinos, Derry NI 2 February 2014
Poetry in Motion: Creative Writing Workshops in Northern Ireland Schools 2012
English Position, University College Dublin: Research/Lecturing Extra Mural Adult/Examination Correction 2009-11

Poetry in Still Anthology Ed. Chelley McLear CAP

Recent poem and/or poems in: The Edinburgh Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Adrift (New York), Foolscap (London), Oasis (London), Acumen (UK), Other Poetry (UK), Cyphers, The Literary Review (New Jersey), Chapman (Scotland), Southword, Cork Literary Review, The Black Mountain Review, The Shop, Fortnight, Storm (Scotland), Touchstone (UK), Stony Thursday Book; Idaho Arts Quarterly; The Journal: Cumbria (UK); Decanto (UK); The Poetry Bus; The Sunday Independent, News Four, Revival Literary Journal, Red Poetry (Wales), The Minetta Review (New York), etc.

Public Poetry Readings: Various venues in US, England, Ireland, France, Spain, & Italy

Princess Finvola of the Roe Valley

January 2014 - March 2014

The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society No

Richard Parker & John Gery Crater Press

poetry in Liberty, Come Galloping! Salvation, Flower: Poets Worldwide Anthology ed. Kamran Mir Hazar, Kabul Press 2013.

SOS Lusitania O'Brien Press

(Novel chosen as One Book One Community for 2015)


The Taking of Christ


Mary Arrigan Irish Examiner


Excerpts (Selected):
SOS Lusitania (O'Brien Press 2013)

'the tragedy seen from many perspectives makes this a tense and gripping drama '
-Mary Arrigan Irish Examiner

'captures the mounting tension and panic as the torpedoes strike '
- Elizabeth Hawksley Historical Novel Society Review

-'Lusitania yarn is an intriguing read premonition gives a sense of foreboding to this tale intrigue and action will endear it to its readership.'
Pet O'Connor Evening Echo

Headline: 'New book on the Lusitania!'
-The Cork News

'Thrilling story that brings this important historical event to a new generation.'
-Neil Fetherston Southside People

'the aftermath of the sinking chilled me to my bones.'
-Jessica McCarry Inis Magazine

'Compellingly told, this is a gripping tale which brings to life the terrible events and which led up to them.'
-Jackie Bacon Parents in Touch

'Kiely uses genius foreshadowing in this plot to build suspense and hope. We experience the sea journey and feel the dread '

-Moloney King webreviews

'exciting and mysterious with true facts for fast readers!'
-Brendan Connelly The Connemara Journal

'readers could really identify with the main character '
-Lee-Anne McCarthy What's Good To Do

'a fantastic read fascinating'
-The Marine Times

'The author has a talent for capturing the telling details that ground the reader in this past time without making them feel like they're enduring a history lesson.'
-Yellow Brick Reads

' the narrative viewpoint is both fascinating and immediate.'
-Books Ireland

'novel written in the overall brand of The Da Vinci
-InTouch Magazine

Ends & Beginnings

poetry in Windows Anthology eds. Heather Brett and Noel Monahan 2012

A Horse Called El Dorado O'Brien Press

Dublin 2005 (Bisto Honour Award, 2006)
Mere Mortals Poolbeg, Dublin 1989 (Short-List Hughes & Hughes Fiction Prize 1990)

Member of the Ireland

United States Alumni Association

The Locked-door

Americans in Exile: Eliot, Pound, Plath & Merwin' Ezra Pound International Conference, London 2010
"I Hope I Haven't Made Another Lampshade": Stevens and John L. Sweeney Wallace Stevens Journal 37: 1 (Spring) 2013
'C. S. Lewis: The Power of his Story' Belmont Tower, Belfast. C. S. LEWIS 50th Anniversary Festival 2013.

Fulbright Scholar Lecturer

University of Idaho

(Including PhD assessment, Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator, Devising Creative Writing Programmes, Drama Workshop Facilitator, Students Productions Director, Seminars on Modernist Poetry)

Irish-American Fulbright Scholar-in Residence & Lecturer Boise State University, Idaho 2007-2008 and University of Idaho (Moscow) 2008-2009: (Including PhD assessment, Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator, Drama Workshop Facilitator, Students Productions Director, Seminars on Modernist Poetry)

Associate Member

Academy of American Poets

Screen Visuals at the Flicks Cinema

April 2008 - May 2008

Boise, Idaho: 'Ireland: From Celtic Dawn to Celtic Tiger' (Weekly) April/May 2008.

In Progress: 'A Map of Melancholy' Collection of Poems, and 'The Patron of Poetry in Harvard: American Modernist and Post-Modernist Poetry.'

Artist and Outcast Liffey Press

Francis Stuart

Dufour, PA 2008 (Authorised Biography)

Honors and Awards

Pound and the Small Publisher - Elkin Mathews' Ezra Pound International Conference, Venice

Dublin 2007
'Pound and the Irish Writer' ACIS, Tacoma 2008
'The Poet Unmasked in The Pisan Cantos' Ezra Pound International Conference, Rapallo 2005 published in Quaderni di Palazzo Serra 15 (2008)


Irish Fulbright Alumni Association

The Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry

Bisto Honour Award for Fiction 2006
Irish Arts Council Bursary Awards-in-Literature: 1980, 1989, 1990, 1998, 1999, and 2004

Barbara Ellis Iota

Here poetry redeems itself in Kiely's assured perspective. The title poem is in two parts which, if they were music, must resonate of Bach.'

Tommy Frank O'Connor Studies

'Successful is his series about famous artistic personalities. The mix is eclectic: 'Requiem for Kurt Cobain' sits between 'Who's Afraid of Ezra Pound?' and 'Skimming Sam Beckett, while Ovid, Buddha, and Coleridge all inspire poems of their own.'
- Val Nolan Poetry Ireland Review 2006

'Lyrical, original, faithful to the moment and its joys but with an undertone of sometimes rueful experience - these are the poems of a man who has come through.'
- Anthony Cronin

'These poems are full of edgily real things, people and places caught in a sudden urgent perspective that shakes the reader with their nearness. A poem such as 'On a deserted beach with a Sony Walkman'' succeeds in doing this simultaneously with the material world and with emotions and ideas about art. There is nothing glum or staid here and much that is invigorating to read.'
- Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

'The mythic mingles with the realistic, the spiritual touches the material world, the robust sexuality of many of the poems lies side by side with moments of delicate reticence. There's an energetic awareness of, and participation in the joy of being.'
- Brendan Kennelly

Something Sensational To Read

poetry in Catullus: One Man of Verona anthology ed. Ronan Sheehan Farmar & Farmar Ltd 2010

A Horse Called El Dorado (O'Brien Press

Bisto Honour Award Winner 2006; Shortlisted for Scottish Highland Children's Book Awards (Scotland) 2006)

'The hazardous journey from Colombia to Ireland: a story of dreams and our need to fulfill them.'
- Robert Dunbar The Irish Times

'Another brilliant contribution to the list of excellent '
- Tony Hickey Village

'Pepe's adventure makes this story memorable, but the warm, less-than-perfect characters make it exceptional.'
- Paddy O'Doherty's Editor's Choice Inis-Children's Books Ireland

'Dramatic events in Colombia begin this story, that is full of adventure, horses and action. Strongly written, it is beautifully atmospheric.'
- Children's Book News (United Kingdom)

Mere Mortals (Poolbeg, Dublin, 1989) Hughes & Hughes Fiction Prize Shortlist 1990)

'He co-ordinates the levels of his material with an efficiency underscored by darker shades of absurdity, and flagellates the Irish educational system along the way.'
- Ashling Maguire The Irish Times

'A nerve-centre through which the daily affairs of small-town living are relayed, which makes for an auspicious starting point.'
- Mary O'Donnell The Sunday Tribune

'I refer to the lyrical, almost mythic sequence describing the origins of the Arch and at the end a beautiful portrayal of two elderly widows which transcends its pretentious title (Sisters at Sunset in B Flat Minor).'
- John Dunne The Irish Literary Supplement USA

'The prose has something of the intuitive feel of Henry Green's novella Loving, it is worth reading for the subtle movement of thought-packed language alone.'
- Bruce Stewart Books Ireland

'These books are for people who are bored with ordinary novels, and who want to read a distinctively Irish version of the modern. They are demotic in the way they assume they do not constitute an arcane taste; as any whiff of privilege is aggressively dispelled and undermining of highbrow pretensions creates a bond of complicity.'
- J. C. C. Mays Alpha


US Edition 2007) Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship Award 2006

'Kevin Kiely, like quite a few of his literary contemporaries, has a reputation as strong in Europe and the US as it is here.'

James J. McAuley The Irish Times

Kiely jolts us into another dimension of language, where speech is worked like molten metal, throwing off sparks, allusions, memories and experiences. Yet through the pyrotechnics shines the cool winter light of Donegal.'

International Poetry Festival

Plainchant for a Sundering (long-poem) Lapwing

Breakfast with Sylvia Lagan, Belfast 2005/US Edition 2007; Awarded the Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry 2006

Academic Essays

work is given its head

Plainchant for a Sundering (Lapwing Press

Belfast, 2001)

'Kiely's style - and the liberty of his voice - has more to do with those few Irish poets who have been exposed to a working European modernity; the work is given its head, allowed to find its own form. This is dark, almost Gothic stuff, not for the poetically squeamish.'
- Fred Johnston Poetry Ireland Review

'Transformations, here, do not come through language - rather language is being used to expound and delineate very personal transformations.'
- Ross Moore The Burning Bush

'Earnestness of feeling, set down in a 'therapoetic' mode.'
- Peter Denman Books Ireland

Children of No Importance RTÉ

Multiple Indiscretions RTÉ 1997

Literary Editor Books Ireland

Books Ireland' February

Assistant Editor Books Ireland 2001 - 2005; Books Ireland Poetry Critic 2005-a controversial platform on poetry, state arts patronage and ancillary arts issues reached national and international media attention because of 'Books Ireland' February 2012 Edition on the Michael D Higgins Selected Poetry reviewed by Kevin Kiely. Many links;

Writers-in-Schools Scheme

Irish Arts Council Adjudication Panelist 2001, 2002, 2004

Literature and Poetry Lectures Blackrock Technical College

Quintesse St Martin's Press

New York 1985 Gavin Witt English Major Yale University wrote a study of Quintesse, 1988)
Pieta (short fiction) The Anthology ed. Leland Bardwell Co-Op Books Dublin 1982


Honorary Fellow

International Writing Program, Iowa University

Reviews/Essays/Articles in the following publications: Hibernia, Irish Examiner, The Democrat Arts Page, Irish Studies Review, Honest Ulsterman, Fortnight, Books Ireland Critic 1996-onwards, The London Magazine, The Irish Book Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Irish Times, Irish Arts Review, Inis, Irish Literary Review, Idaho Arts Quarterly, Humanities (DC), Village Magazine controversial cultural essays: "Sandrine Brisset's Brendan Kennelly: Behind the Smile" Dec. 2013-Jan. 2014 (56-7); "Aos Dána: where self-selection meets self-praise, in a faux Gaelic, Haugheyesque arts beano" Feb-Mar 2014 (70-2); "Séamus Heaney: going through the poetic motions" Jun-July 2014 (54-57)

Co-Op Books


Reissued St Martin's Press, New York, 1985)

'There will be those who'll say it's a cop out, and those who'll say it's a manifesto; those who'll say it's a fragment, and those who'll say it's a bible. There will be those who'll say it's drunk on its own excesses; and those who'll say this very delirium is its greatness.'
- Aubrey Dillon-Malone The Evening Herald.

'Neither slick nor over-clever, betraying all the ingredients of the genuine fools of literature in whom an unconscious nobility rather than rebellion is the mainspring.'
- Gillman Noonan The Irish Times

'Kiely's prose presents a stream of surreal images, evoking an Ireland that is part real and part literary tradition.'
- Stephen H Cape Library Journal New York

'As did the mature Nabokov in Ada, the novice Kiely offers a sort of palimpsest of erotic memories, in which old experience glimmers beneath the surface of new.'
- Stephen Whittaker Best Seller New York

'This first novel has quite a simple plot, I have read it three times to establish this, and it was worth it.'
- Gerry Colgan The Irish Independent

Francis Stuart: Artist and Outcast (Liffey Press, Dublin 2007; Dufour, Chester Springs, PA., 2008) Authorized Biography

'A fascinatingly accurate echo of the controversial writer's own eerie voice '

- Brian Lynch The Irish Times

Those seeking to unravel Stuart's labyrinthine life will hardly find a more detailed exposé than this one.

- David O'Donoghue The Sunday Business Post

'And perhaps the strangest thing about Stuart is the way he almost predicted the course his life would take in some of his pre-war novels.'

- Tony Bailie The Irish News

'The biographer's congenial access to Stuart lends the book an authentic immediacy '

- Richard T. Murphy New Hibernia Review


W. B. Yeats

Founder/Co-Editor The Belle Literary Journal


Qualifications & Certifications

Harvard" University College Dublin

Creative Writing

Trinity College

Translation Workshops

University of Iowa

Creative Writing

University College Galway

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