Volume 1, Number 1 of Irish Studies South–Call for Papers

An on-line publication of the American Conference for Irish Studies Southern Region, Irish Studies South invites contributions to its inaugural issue celebrating the life and work of Seamus Heaney.  With the understanding that we grieve the loss of Seamus Heaney and send our condolences to the Heaney family, the inaugural  issue of Irish Studies South seeks submissions that chronicle personal and professional interactions with the poet. Since Seamus Heaney has also inspired so many artists working in a variety of mediums, we also seek creative works in honor of the poet that are compatible with an on-line format.

Seamus Heaney was generous with his time, ideas, and influence.  He often responded to student requests, even undergraduate requests, for help with Heaney-related queries.  He also supported the work of Irish Studies scholars through the exchange of letters, faxes, telephone calls and his openness to interviews and dust-jacket endorsements.  In addition, many have had the opportunity to experience the uplift that a campus visit by Heaney brought–the way that everyone suddenly started talking about poetry and cultural and global issues.  Heaney’s eagerness to engage students on these campus visits in the classroom, at the conference table or in the auditorium is a testament to his big-heartedness and magnanimity.

Volume 1, Number 1 of Irish Studies South seeks scholarly quality contributions that document the impact that Seamus Heaney, the individual, had on your institution, your students, and your professional life.  While Heaney’s head may have had many academic homes across America, we believe that his heart was really in the South.  Consequently, we particularly encourage Irish Studies scholars in the Southern Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies to contribute to this issue.

The projected publication is early Summer, 2014.

Please send submissions by November 25, 2013 to Irish Studies South Guest Editor, Rand Brandes: brandes@lr.edu

Irish Studies South General Editor, John Countryman, Berry College

Dr. Rand Brandes
Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English
Director: LRU Visiting Writers Series; The Little Read; Lineberger Center
Coordinator: Liberal Studies Program
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Hickory, NC 28603

Rand Brandes PhD is the Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, North Carolina. He also directs that institution’s Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal. In both the United States and Ireland, he worked closely with Seamus Heaney over many years. Among his many publications about Heaney and his opus, Dr. Brandes counts Seamus Heaney: A Bibliography, 1959-2003, coauthored with the late Michael Durkan and published by Faber and Faber in 2008.