B.A. National University of Ireland
Areas of Expertise:
Poetry and literature
Courses I Teach:
Introduction to Literary Studies: Modern American Poetry
My Saint Michael’s:
I am a widely published Irish poet born in Cork, Ireland. I enjoy teaching all of my classes, and consider myself a lucky person to have a job teaching what I love – the reading and writing of poetry. I love teaching because I love poetry.
I like the ethos of the college. I find the Edmundite ethos and in general the liberal arts a healthy way of being in the world and a good way for young people to learn to be in the world for the rest of their lives.
We’re the better for understanding through literature how other human beings have lived in the world. In the end, all learning is humility, and students will understand that and it will give them a better chance of understanding the good and bad of life and of adding to society in a positive fashion. We can’t overestimate the interconnectedness of things. Literature shows us how to see our own uniqueness, to take off the mundane goggles, to see that no matter how small we are, we’re important.
Poetry, literature. Published poet, books by Oxford University Press
Awards & Recognition
My latest poetry collection is The Blind Stitch (Oxford Series, Carcanet Press and LSU 2002).
Other published works include The Hellbox (Oxford Series, Oxford University Press, 1998), American Wake (Blackstaff/Dufour, 1995), Southward (LSU, 1992), and Cast In The Fire (Dolmen Press, 1986).
My poems have appeared in American, Irish, English, Australian, Japanese, and Argentinean anthologies, including the Norton Introduction to Poetry. I also co-edited Jumping Off Shadows: Selected Irish Poetry (Cork UP, 1995) and The Selected Poems of Patrick Galvin (Cork UP, 1995).
I have read my poems widely and was invited to give a recorded reading at The Library of Congress in 2002.
Greg Delanty of the English faculty, an internationally acclaimed Irish poet, offers a roundup of his recent scholarship, poetry and notable publicity about his work: Anthology of Writings on Old Age: Everyman’s Library is publishing an anthology of poems entitled Poems of Healing edited by Karl Kirchwey, with an anticipated publication date of Spring 2021, in Everyman’s Pocket Poets series. The publisher has informed Greg that they hope to include his poem “The Green Room” from Greg’s Un-Gyve Press book Selected Delanty; Greg also had his poems appear in The Shop Anthology, (Liffey Press. December 2020); and, he had a pamphlet publication, The King of the Lamb, (Munster Literature Center, Spring 2020); also, several articles have appeared about Greg’s new book No More Time, including in the Irish Times and the Cork Evening Echo among others. Greg also in December did an interview for local-access cable TV Channel 17 in Burlington about his book No More Time. Greg also on October 8 gave a Zoom reading with a question and answer period, the day after the publication date for his new book No More Time.
(posted February 2021)
Greg Delanty of the Saint Michael’s English faculty has two books forthcoming in fall 2020: a book of his own poems, No More Time, from LSU Press, and a book of translations from the Irish poet Seán Ó Riordáin titled Apathy is Out from Bloodaxe Press, Britain. He was to have a short book of elegies published in early summer of this year in memory his friend, the poet Liam Ó Muirthile, titled The Liam Elegies (Southward Publication). Greg’s poem “Tombstone” was published in The Irish Times, and his poem “Our Paradise” in the journal Southward. Greg also had had four poems from the Sequence “A Field Guide to People” in Literary Imagination, OUP. He had an essay called “The Content Form” in Vermont Poets and Their Craft. He has poems appearing in The Irish Times, The Atlantic, The Green Mountain Review (online), Agenda magazine, and others. He moderated a plenary panel at this year’s Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers at Holy Cross. The title of the session was “Poets Settling US.” He was to give a reading during the Irish Festival in Burlington in March, with Irish music played at the reading. Before the pandemic he also had been to be part of a joint reading with other Vermont poets on World Earth Day at the Richmond Free Library for Earth Day April 22; and, he was to give a reading at the Amerigin festival in County Kerry, Ireland on June 22.
(posted June 2020)
Greg Delanty, professor of English, will see his next book of poems No More Time published by Louisiana State University Press in fall of 2020. In other recent news for Greg, his essay “The Content Form” will be published in a book of essays titled Vermont Poets and Their Craft, commissioned by Sundog Poetry Center, and to be published by Green Writers Press in spring 2019. He also has poems due in The Atlantic, The Harvard Review, The Irish Times and elsewhere. In 2017-2018 he had poems in The Atlantic, The Irish Times, Trans Atlantic Crossing, Poetry Ireland, Reading Ireland and other journals. Greg was interviewed on stage by the novelist Colum McCann in the Irish Writing Center in New York City in this past year, and he also read his poems. He read at other venues, too, including The Long Valley, Limerick and Blacksmith House. He is to chair a plenary panel at the next annual conference of Association of Scholars, Critics and Writers (of which he was president) titled “Foreign Poets Landed in the U.S.” The conference will be at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, in fall of 2019. And, Greg’s book Selected Delanty was short listed short-listed for Vermont Book Award. He also will read from his work. Titled “Hallowed Ground,” for the July 21 opening reception of a summer 2019 exhibition by Gaal Shepherd, one of Vermont’s premier landscape painters, who has turned to her second favorite place — Ireland — for the focus of her new exhibition that will run June 7-July 21 at the Highland Center for the Arts. The photos are captioned by excerpts from the works of Irish poets, designed to put the images into their historical and cultural perspective.
(posted June 2019)
Greg Delanty, professor of English, learned last summer that his book Selected Delanty had been shortlisted for The Vermont Book Award for 2018 with six other books of various genres. Shortly thereafter, a book in another genre about a Vermont baker won the overall award. The list of 2018 finalists was released in July for this literary prize, awarded annually by Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier for works of outstanding literary merit by Vermont authors
(posted January 2019)
Greg Delanty, professor of English, was part of “An intimate reading and discussion” at the Irish Arts Center on West 51st Street in New York City one evening in April. Greg was interviewed during the program by the novelist Colum McCann before reading from his poetry. Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center “dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come.” Greg also presented and read at the same venue a month earlier before heading off to Washington, D.C. to give a reading at the Irish Embassy there later in the week. And he appeared in February at Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library to present “An Evening of SELECTED DELANTY.”
(posted June 2018)
Greg Delanty, professor of English, has a new book from publisher Un-Gyve Press: Selected Delanty | Poems and translations by Greg Delanty chosen and introduced by Archie Burnett. Also, in October, Greg gave a reading from his book, alongside former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin for the program Words Out Loud at Old West Church in Calais, VT. Greg also had poems appearing or accepted to appear in The Atlantic, The Irish Times, Literary Imagination, The Times Literary Supplement and in a forthcoming anthology of Vermont poets titled Roads Taken.
(posted December 2017)
Greg Delanty, professor of English, will have his selected poems published in October 2017. This book’s poems are being selected and introduced by Archie Burnett. The title of the book is Selected Delanty, and it will be published by Un-Gyve Press. Greg has two poems titled “Smoke” and “Elegy” in the most recent Agenda, Volume 50, Nos. 3-4. He gave a reading and moderated a panel at The Munster Literature Festival, Ireland in February/March of 2017. Eight of Greg’s poems were published in the Anthology: On the Banks—Cork City in Poems and Song, The Collins Press 2016; his poem “While Reading Poets in their Youth” was published in the anthology All Through the Night—Night Poem and lullabies, edited by Marie Heaney and published by Poetry Ireland as part of its Doyle Collection. Greg has poems forthcoming in The Irish Times, The Atlantic, Poem, and PN Review. He moderated a panel at the annual meeting of The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers. The panel was titled “Irish Poetry since 1950”. He also gave a talk on being Past President of that organization on a panel with other former presidents. The conference was held in The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 2016.
(Posted June 2017)
Greg Delanty, professor of English and Poet in Residence, was a featured presenter at the second annual Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading in the First Church Congregationalist near Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, the evening of August 26, 2015. The other featured presenter with Greg was Tomas O’Leary. Greg also gave many other readings in the past year, he reports. Greg’s latest book of poems is Book Seventeen from LSU Press (February 2015). Other recent books are Loosestrife, Fomite Press; The Word Exchange, Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation, WW Norton; and his Collected Poems 1986-2006, Oxford Poets—Carcanet Press. He is anthologized widely and has received many awards, most recently a Guggenheim for poetry. Here are some of Greg’s other recent works and activities as he reports them:
Poems in Anthologies in The Finest Music: An Anthology of Early Irish Lyrics, 2014. Greg translated “The Vision of Mac Conglinne.”
The Best of Poetry London: Carcanet Press, 2014, “On Reading the Diaries of Christopher Columbus”
Magazines and journals new poems appeared in:
The Stony Thursday Book: A collection of contemporary Poetry, 2014: “Canticle of the Sun, A Secular Take” and “The Chemistry”
The Irish Times, February 7th/8th 2015: “Elegy” (this poem was printed incorrectly so Greg has put a correct copy of the poem with the newspaper also.)
Quarryman, 2015: “By My Mother.”
Leaving Certificate, Ireland: The National Exam all students in Secondary School (high school in Ireland) have to take. Greg’s poem used for the exam is “On Viewing The Bowling Match at Castlemary, Cloyne, 1847.” Here is a sample of Greg’s poems appearing in texts that are reissued this year— his poems also appeared in other texts for the exam, but consider this a sample of them: Poetry Now 2016, The Celtic Press, 2015; New Explorations 2015, Gill & MacMillan, 2015; Paths to Poetry 2015, The Educational Company of Ireland, 2015; New Discovery 2015, The Educational Company of Ireland.
Poems on internet:
On Poetry Daily, March 7, 2015 “The Lesson” and “To a Teacher.”
Greenzine (2015): “The American Robin” and “The New Citizen Army.”
Greg Delanty, Poet, Celebrates W.B. Yeats 150 Anniversary was recorded on 2015-06-03.
*WATCH ON TV : * You can watch this program on Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television, on Comcast Cable and Burlington Telecom at the following times: dates gone by.
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Subject: Poet Greg Delanty, reads from his most recent poems in BOOK SEVENTEEN | Center for Media and Democracy.
(all of above posted September 2015)
Greg Delanty, professor of English, has poems in a recent issue of Atlantic; along with work in publications including Stony Thursdays and The Irish Times in recent months. Also, he has poems coming in The Penguin Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry and other anthologies such as The Best of Poetry London. Greg was to give a reading at Holy Cross University in November, and this past summer he gave a reading with Bill Collins, David Ferry and Elizabeth Kendell (a current Saint Michael’s student) from the book So Little Time, at the Woodstock Literary Festival.
(posted December 2014)
Greg Delanty, professor of English, made appearances in April, both in Burlington and Montpelier, with a group of writers published by Green Writers Press, a Vermont-based publishing house dedicated to sustainable practices. This press is publisher of Greg’s 2014 book/anthology So Little Time: Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis, an anthology focusing on nature and our human impact. At PoemCity/Montpelier in the capital’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library, he joined others in reading their work from the book, including Dede Cummings, Ralph Culver, Marjorie Ryerson, Peter Biello. Portions of proceeds of book sales were donated to PoemCity programming and to the environmental group 350Vermont. Greg also appeared at a Green Writers Press celebration on April 17 at Phoenix Books in downtown Burlington that week, when he also read from the So Little Time. Also, while visiting home in Ireland in June, Greg was invited to meet with that country’s president, Michael Higgins, at the president’s residence, since Higgins writes poetry and knew Greg’s work.
(posted August 2014)
professor of English, made appearances in April, both in Burlington and Montpelier, with a group of writers published by Green Writers Press, a Vermont-based publishing house dedicated to sustainable practices. This press is publisher of Greg’s 2014 book/anthology an anthology focusing on nature and our human impact. At PoemCity/Montpelier in the capital’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library, he joined others in reading their work from the book, including Dede Cummings, Ralph Culver, Marjorie Ryerson, Peter Biello. Portions of proceeds of book sales were donated to PoemCity programming and to the environmental group 350Vermont. Greg also appeared at a Green Writers Press celebration on April 17 at Phoenix Books in downtown Burlington that week, when he also read from the . Also, while visiting home in Ireland in June, Greg was invited to meet with that country’s president, Michael Higgins, at the president’s residence, since Higgins writes poetry and knew Greg’s work.
Greg Delanty, professor of English, recently had another book, The Greek Anthology Book XVII, published by Carcanet in the United Kingdom. Reviewer Kathryn Gray in the Times Literary Supplement writes of this latest collection of Greg’s poetry: “[Delanty] illuminates greater truths about the world and the politics of living through the ties that bind us.” Publicity for the book from the publisher describes its content: “The Greek Anthology is a treasure of the ancient world, sixteen books of poems, amatory, religious, elegiac, and satirical, written over the course of more than a millennium. And now at last the legendary Book XVII has surfaced. As full of poems that are delightfully unlike each other as Books I-XVI, here is a trove. Here, the living and the enduring enjoy one another’s playful respect: Kincellas Major, Longlius, Rosanna Daedalus and Clara Kritikos. And among the poets here also is Heanius, who dedicated one of his own poems to another poet to be met in Book XVII, one Gregory of Corkus. Unprecedented, this collection, in more ways than one. Great company, they speak and sing, thanks to Greg Delanty.” Greg says the book will be for sale in the Saint Michael’s bookstore, both hardback and softback, at a reduced price. Also, Greg is reading from another recently-published book that he edited for W. W. Norton, titled The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation. Some of the translators will read with him: Major Jackson (UVM), Jay Parini (Middlebury), Michael Collier (Breadloaf and Middlebury), Dave Cavanagh (Johnson State), Liz Powell (Johnson State), David Barber (Atlantic Monthly). The reading is at 7 p.m. on November 30 at Phoenix Books, Burlington. The softback for The Word Exchange is recently available, and copies of that also are in the bookstore at a reduced price.