Jessica Traynor

Saturday, Oct. 13th, 1.30 – 2.30pm
LitQuake Festival – San Francisco

Sunday, Oct 14th – 1pm to 3.30pm – Charley’s LG
An Afternoon of Poetry: The Lifeboat in Charley’s – details

Sunday, Oct 14th – 2.15pm – 3.15pm – Whitney Modern
Stinging Fly – 20 Years of Independent Irish Publishing – details

Jessica Traynor is a writer, dramaturg, and creative writing teacher from Dublin. Her debut poetry collection Liffey Swim was published by Dedalus Press in 2014 and was nominated for the Strong/Shine Award. She has been published in The Irish Times, and her other awards include a Hennessy Award and Listowel Poetry Prize. She has been described as “a poet to keep reading and listening to” by the Cordite Review, who said that “her language is fresh, erudite and engaging. Her writing future is sure to be a bright one”. 

Traynor’s second poetry collection, The Quick, has just been released by Dedalus Press.

The Quick: Echoes and hauntings, visions and visitations, glimpses of other worlds in the margins of this… the second collection of poems by Jessica Traynor begins with a brush with death and goes on to explore a startling variety of connections with life and the matter of living. Throughout, from the loss of loved ones to the arrival of a firstborn “no bigger / than a loaf of bread”, the poems stay faithful to a busy cast of characters which includes strangers encountered on a moonlit quay, the infamous propagandist Lord Haw-Haw, and the restless spirits of recent family, national and international history.’