Ethna McKiernan presents: Swimming With Shadows accompanied by Su Love


About Swimming With Shadows:

Swimming With Shadows, Ethna McKiernan's fourth collection of poems, returns to her earlier themes of loss --of her youngest son, of her father,  and of the pervasive losses of the homeless population with whom she works.

This new collection also addresses political wounds of a bygone America--the bombings of school girls in Alabama the 1960's and the racially charged beating of Rodney King in the 1990's—as it presents poems that address the conflicts of today.  Interspersed are poems of love, praise and joy like “Thanks” and “Night Time on the Island,” poems rooted in the natural world, as well as some wickedly funny poems about the craft of poetry.


Meet the Author


Ethna McKiernan has been twice awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board grant in poetry.  Her first book, Caravan, was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and her work has been widely anthologized, including in The Notre Dame Book of Irish American Poetry, 33 Minnesota Poets, and more.  McKiernan holds an MFA from Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her fourth book, Swimming With Shadows, is due from Salmon Poetry (Ireland) Spring 2019. McKiernan works in Street Outreach for a non-profit serving the Minneapolis homeless population. In an earlier life, she was CEO of Irish Books and Media, Inc.


Su Love is the author of six collections of poetry; she previously published as Su Smallen. Her work has been recognized with, notably, the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize and residencies with the St. Croix Watershed Research Station and Tofte Lake Center in Minnesota and the Unamuno Author Series in Madrid. Su is a 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.


The author is available for interviews.

Please contact:

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
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ISBN: 9781912561445
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Salmon Poetry - April 29th, 2019