October 2009 Poetry Readings

Glór - October 17th

The monthly Clare Three-Legged Stoot Poets reading takes place on Saturday 17th in Glór at 2.30pm and will run until 4.30pm.

In addition to the usual mix of live music from a locally-based musician and 'open mic' poetry, this month's guest poet is Knute Skinner.

Knute Skinner

Knute Skinner was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in nearby Webster Groves. He attended college at Culver-Stockton and at the University of Northern Colorado, where he received a BA in speech and drama. He then did graduate work at Middlebury College and at the University of Iowa, where he was also an instructor in the English Department.

After receiving a PhD in English, Skinner turned his back on job offers, left Iowa, and headed off to spend the rest of his life on the Canary Islands. Instead, after two years travelling around Europe, he purchased a cottage in rural Ireland. There, when not writing poems, he worked in a turf bog and grew vegetables for the local market. He also began teaching part of each year at Western Washington University in the US. In 2000 he retired from teaching and now, along with his spouse, Edna Faye Kiel, is resident year round in Killaspuglonane, County Clare. He occasionally conducts poetry writing workshops, and he is currently at work on a new collection of poems.

His first book of poetry, Stranger with a Watch, appeared in 1965. Since then he has published eight other books and seven chapbooks. In 2007 Salmon Poetry brought out a collected edition, Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007.