Irish writers and poets pay tribute to the late great Seamus Heaney in New York

Seamus Heaney.

On November 11, poets Frank Bidart, Sven Birkerts, Eavan Boland, Lucie Brock-Broido, Greg Delanty, Jonathan Galassi, Eamon Grennan, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Atsuro Riley, Tom Sleigh, Tracy K. Smith, Colm Tóibín, Jean Valentine, Anne Waldman, Kevin Young, and others will gather at Cooper Union in New York for a public tribute to the beloved and world-renowned poet Seamus Heaney, who passed away on August 30 at the age of 74. 

Each will read a favorite Heaney poem. Singer Paul Simon will make a special guest appearance, and Irish pipes will be played. The event will take place in Cooper Union’s Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street, and is free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

The event is jointly organized by a number of leading poetry organizations along with Heaney’s American publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  

On November 15, the Irish Arts Center and St. Ann’s Warehouse will present “Favorite Poems—In Tribute to Seamus Heaney.” Participants include actor Gabriel Byrne, playwright Enda Walsh, authors Alice McDermott and Colum McCann, and poets Colette Bryce, Henri Cole, Mark Doty, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Nick Laird, Conor O’Callaghan, Meghan O’Rourke, Brenda Shaughnessy, Matthew Sweeney, and Craig Morgan Teicher. The event will take place at 8 p.m. at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn and is free and open to the public.

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