Award Winning Irish Poet to Visit Canisius

BUFFALO, NY ― Canisius College presents award winning Irish poet Paula Meehan who will read from her works on Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center for the college’s 11th annual Hassett Reading. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a book signing, question and answer period and reception. Part of the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series, the Hassett Family Readings are supported by the distinguished Buffalo family that includes attorneys Joseph M. Hassett, PhD ’64 and Paul M. Hassett Jr. ’62.

Meehan is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently,Painting Rain. She has also written plays for both adults and children and conducted residencies in universities, in prisons, and in the wider community. Meehan is the recipient of the Martin Tonder Award for Literature, the Butler Award for Poetry from the Irish American Cultural Institute, and the Denis Devlin Memorial Award. In September 2013, she was appointed the Ireland Professor of Poetry.

The Hassett Family Readings that have brought many leading Irish and Irish-American writers to Western New York, including Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon, and acclaimed novelists Colm Toibin, Sebastian Barry and Alice McDermott.

The Contemporary Writers Series was developed by Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius.  Founded with a grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation and continued through the Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professorship Program, the writer series is generously supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Hassett and Scoma Endowments, and with the cooperation of The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Western New York Writing Project and Talking Leaves Books.

For more information on the Contemporary Writers Series, contact Cochrane at 716-888-2662.

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.