Trotsky’s great-granddaughter headlining Over the Edge poetry reading

Galway Daily arts Over the Edge open mic night on Thursday evening

Veronica Volkow, the great granddaughter of Leon Trotsky, will be one of the featured readers at the July Over The Edge poetry reading and open mic, which is taking place over Zoom again.

Over the Edge decided to press ahead with its June open mic evening on Zoom, and after the incredible success of that night, next month’s open mic night will also take place remotely on July 9.

The three featured readers for the evening are Veronica Volkow, Kim Moore, and Ailbhe Darcy, followed by an open mic where anyone can step up.

Veronica Volkow lives in Mexico City and is a poet, and travel writer, and the great-granddaughter of co-leader of the Russian Revolution Leon Trotsky.

She currently works as a professor and senior researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

She has a master’s degree in comparative literature from Columbia University, a doctorate in comparative literature from UNAM, and a master’s degree in Art History from UNAM.

She received the Pellicer Prize for published work in 2004 and the José Revueltas Prize for Literary Essay in 2005. Her line of research is in hermeneutics of art and literature; as a teacher she specializes in poetry-painting relationships.

As a poet her collections include: La Sibila de Cumas, 1974; Ink Coast, 1979; The beginning, 1983; Los caminos, 1989. Arcanos, 1996;  Gold of the Wind, 2003; and Arcana, 2009. 

Veronica will be reading her poems in both English translation and the original Spanish.

Kim Moore was born in 1981 and lives and works in Cumbria where she is one of the leading newer voices in British poetry.

Kim’s first collection The Art of Falling won the 2016 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She has also won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2010.

Her pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition.

She is a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University, working on her second collection and is one of the judges for the 2020 Forward Prizes for Poetry.

Ailbhe Darcy was born and raised in Dublin in the 80s, later travelling extensively for education and teaching.

She studied for her PhD and MFA at the University of Notre Dame in the US, and taught there and at the University of Münster in Germany. She is now a lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff University.

She has published her poetry in Ireland, Britain and the US. Selections of her work are included in the Bloodaxe anthologies Identity Parade and Voice Recognition, and in her pamphlet A Fictional Dress.

Imaginary Menagerie, her first book-length collection, was shortlisted for Ireland’s dlr Strong Award at Poetry Now / Mountains to Sea.

Her second collection, Insistence, was published by Bloodaxe in 2018 and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2018 and for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2019.

The July Over the Edge poetry reading and open mic night will take place from 6:30-8pm on July 9 on Zoom at Meeting ID: 738 901 3549.