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Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Patti Sullivan, Ethna McKiernan, and Patricia Barone read Irish-themed poetry

San Luis Obispo poet, Kevin Patrick Sullivan has had dozens of poems published in literary magazines includingARTLIFE, HUMMINGBIRD, Café Solo, SOLO, SOLO NOVO, VOCE PIENA, LUMMOX, and MIRAMAR. He has been anthologized in Sometimes in the Open: Poems from California’s Poets Laureate, The Night Goes On All Night, Sparing with Beatnik Ghosts, Vol. 2 and The Second Genesis: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry.

Kevin was principle editor at SOLO PRESS for SOLO CAFÉ Volume 1, 2006 & Volume 2, 2007. He was principle editor for Corners of the Mouth: A Celebration of Thirty Years at the Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, DeerTree Press 2014.

Patti Sullivan’s poetry book, At the Booth Memorial Home For Unwed Mothers 1966  has won the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize for 2014 from Evening Street Press from Dublin, Ohio.  She has published two previous books and is a painter. 


In addition to The Scent of Water, a collection of poetry recently out from Blue Light Press in San Francisco, Patricia Barone published a novella, The Wind, and a book of poetry, Handmade Paper, each a Minnesota Voices Award winner from New Rivers Press. Her poetry has been anthologized by publishers, including Prentice Hall, Mutabilis Press, Nodin Press and Loonfeather Press. Her short stories appear in anthologies from such venues as Peter Lang, Prentice/Merrill, Plume/Penguin and Wising Up Press.

              Her awards include a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in poetry, a Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Award for a short story, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant for a workshop with the Irish poet Eavan Boland.

            She is currently finishing a manuscript of prose poetry about her Mississippi river neighborhood north of Minneapolis.


Ethna McKiernan has been twice awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board grant in poetry, most recently in 2011 for the completion of Sky Thick With Fireflies.  McKiernan’s first book Caravan (Dedalus Press and Midwest Villages & Voices, Minneapolis) was a Minnesota Book Award Nominee.  Of her second book, The One Who Swears You Can’t Start Over (Salmon Poetry), The Bloomsbury Review wrote, “McKiernan seems to write because she has to, and graces her verse with resonance because she can.  She stands out among the ranks of poets for her ability to match language to subject, sound to sense.”  McKiernan ran an Irish book distribution business (Irish Books and Media) for over two decades and has worked the past four years for a non-profit serving the Minneapolis homeless.  She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson Program for Writers.


~~ Winner of the 2014 Blue Light Book Award ~~ Mary Kay Rummel is honored to be the first Poet Laureate of Ventura County, CA. The Lifeline Trembles, a co-winner of the 2014 Blue Light Press Award is her seventh book of poetry. Blue Light Press published her previous book, What's Left is the Singing, in 2010. Her work has appeared in numerous regional and national literary journals and anthologies and has received many awards, including four Pushcart nominations. Mary Kay has read in many venues in the US and London, and has been a featured reader at poetry festivals including Ojai and San Luis Obisbo, CA. She often performs poetry with musicians. A professor emerita from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, she and her husband, Conrad, teach part time at California State University, Channel Islands. They live and play with their grand children in California and Minnesota. See and Poet Laureate Ventura County (on facebook).

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