'Global Ireland' panel, reading are March 28

Prairie Schooner, UNL's literary journal, will host events promoting "Global Ireland" on March 28. The day will feature a panel discussion and a reading with Irish and Irish-American poets Eamonn Wall, Drucilla Wall and Ray McManus.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The Global Ireland panel is 1-2 p.m. in the Dudley Bailey Library, 228 Andrews Hall. The writers will participate in a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Plains Art Museum.

Eamonn Wall is the author of the poetry collections, "Sailing Lake Mareotis" and "A Tour of Your Country." He has also published the scholarly and academic books, "Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions" and "From the Sin-e Cafe to the Black Hills." Wall is the director of the Irish studies program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he teaches courses in Irish and British literature.

Drucilla Wall's poetry collection, "The Geese at the Gates," has received international attention, garnering positive reviews from the Irish Times, the Galway Advertiser and Western American Literature. Her work focuses on her relationship to Irish and American places with an environmental consciousness, while engaging with her Creek/Muscogee, Irish and Jewish identity.

McManus is the author of two books of poetry, "Driving Through the Country Before You Are Born" and "Red Dirt Jesus." He is also widely published in many notable literary journals such as Los Angeles Review, Natural Bridge and Arkansas Review. McManus is an assistant professor of English at the University of South Carolina-Sumter.

"Global Ireland" is a part of Prairie Schooner's larger global initiative to promote and support writing on an international scale.

— Ryan Oberhelman, Prairie Schooner