Having spent her formative years in an Irish orphanage, poet Connie Roberts, a native of County Offaly, awed the audience at the reception for the launching of the Hofstra Irish Studies Program, of which she is a member. Her powerful poems about the her childhood experiences are collected in Little Witness, her recently published book of poems. Roberts and her son Aedan will read selected poems which reflect the harshness of the industrial school setting and the grit of those who will to survive and thrive.
Roberts teaches creative writing at Hofstra University. She is the winner of many awards for her literary work, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Irish Arts Council Award and the George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from Hofstra. Connie is an active competitor in poetry contests like the Yeats Poetry Competition, the Fermoy International Poetry Competition, the Swift Satire Contest and the Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition. Roberts’ genius for putting hard truths into beautiful language will make poetry enthusiasts of all of those who attend her presentation.|
Those in attendance will observe a moment of silence for recently deceased officers Martin Kelly, president for 23 years, and Joseph McCormack, membership chairman. The new president, Clare Curtin, and the new vice president, Anne Fitzgerald, will be introduced to the membership.
The meeting convenes at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in the Garden City Library located 60 Seventh St., across the street from the Garden
City Hotel. The meeting is free and open to the public.