Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast in Ireland—Guest Faculty Bio, Theo Dorgan

Theo DorganOne of the mainstays of the Stonecoast in Ireland residencies is the stellar cast of Irish writers who join us to give master classes and readings.  Theo Dorgan received such rave reviews in Dingle this past summer that we invited him back for January 2013.

Born in Cork in 1953, Theo now lives in North Dublin, just down the road from Howth where our residency will take place. His nonfiction work springs from his love of long-distance sea journeys and includes Sailing for Home: A Voyage from Antigone to Kinsale (Penguin, 2005) and Time on the Ocean: A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town (New Island, 2010). His books of poetry include Greek (2010), What This Earth Cost Us (Dedalus, 2008), Rosa Mundi (1995), and The Ordinary House of Love(1991).  He has served as director of Poetry Ireland / Éigse Éireann and has been a broadcaster on RTE radio and television.  He has also completed a novel, due out next year. 

Theo has edited or co-edited several important books on Irish writing, including Watching the River Flow: A Century of Irish Poetry and Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh. Dorgan is on the board of the Irish Arts Council and is a member of Aosdána (the Irish version of an on-going, lifetime NEA grant that recognizes Ireland’s national treasures.)   He is witty, passionate, generous, and absolutely brilliant.  Learn more about Theo on his website www.theodorgan.com.