Danny Hardisty’s collection shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Prize

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A bit belatedly, we are pleased excited to announce that Danny Hardisty’s (Poetry 2018) book Rose with Harm has been shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Prize! The collection was published by Salt Publishing last October, and is described by Gail Mazur as “really beautiful and mature.”

Danny says,

How a book comes together is a bit of a mystery to me. Rose with Harm has been out since last September and was  recently nominated for the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection prize. When I look at it now it seems coherent and planned. But the reality is the book didn’t really exist until the MFA year at Boston and the travel scholarship which came afterwards. There was an urgency to putting the book together that came from the momentum of the MFA and the context of my life at that time. The poems from the MFA had been checked and triple checked, workshopped and scrutinized and it was my confidence in those poems that allowed me to construct the heart of the book. Plenty of people had encouraged me over the years, and had helped out in some way in the book’s production. But it was Gail, Robert and Karl, and my colleagues, in the workshop who made me lay my cards on the table.

Congratulations, Danny!

Daniel Hardisty is a US/UK citizen. He holds a BA from the University of East Anglia and an MFA from Boston University. His poems have appeared in Poetry London, The London Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, The Spectator and on BBC Radio 4. He has been awarded an Academy of American Poets prize, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, a Faber New Poets prize, an Arts Council Writers award and a New Writing North Award. He was co-editor of the anthology if you’re not happy now and is currently co-editor of the magazine Volume. His poetry collection Rose with Harm was published in 2020 and is shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Prize.

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