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ERIN FORNOFF

Erin Fornoff an American-born,Irish citizen from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.  Called a 'story-telling poet' and 'as close to music as poetry gets' she has performed her poetry at hundreds of festivals and events including three times at Glastonbury Festival and a national Irish tour with poet Hollie McNish. She has featured on BBC3, at Hozier and James Taylor concerts, and her poems have been included in Best New English and Irish Poets 2016.  Her poem 'Hymn to the Reckless' featured on posters and curriculum nationwide for Ireland’s National Poetry Day.  She released a chapbook, 'Folk Heroes,' from Stewed Rhubarb press.  She was co-founder and Programme director for Lingo, Ireland's first ever spoken word festival.  Her debut collection Hymn to the Reckless (Dedalus Press 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for best first collection and named by The Millions as a 'Must Read.' The Irish Times said of her work 'Erin Fornoff is blazing a trail as the non-traditional poet." and the Glastonbury blogger said of Erin, 'she excels in word portraits in a few spare words, vignette after vignette scrolling by like you’re meeting people in her life, limned with her love. She talks about loss in such a fluid, beautiful way that it eases it, somehow.'