Contributors to Poetry Salzburg Review O

SEAN O'BRIEN is a poet, critic, playwright, anthologist, broadcaster, novelist, and editor. He grew up in Hull and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has published eight collections of poetry to date, including Downriver (2007), November (2011), Collected Poems (2012), and The Beautiful Librarians (2015, all Picador). His book of essays on contemporary poetry, The Deregulated Muse, was published in 1998, as was his anthology The Firebox: Poetry in Britain and Ireland after 1945. His Newcastle Bloodaxe Poetry lectures were published as Journey to the Interior: Ideas of England in Contemporary Poetry (2012). He has edited a selection from Andrew Marvell (2011) and, with Don Paterson, The Rest on the Flight: Selected Poems of Peter Porter (2010), and Train Songs: Poetry of the Railways (2013). His collection of short stories, The Silence Room, appeared from Comma Press in 2008. His novels Afterlife (2009) and Once Again Assembled Here (2017) were published by Picador. He has translated Dante’s Inferno and the poems of Corsino Fortes. His plays include The Birds, Laughter When We’re Dead, and Keepers of the Flame. His translation of Tirso de Molina’s Spanish Golden Age comedy Don Gil of the Green Breeches was staged in Bath in 2013, and in London and Coventry in 2014. He contributes to The Guardian, The Independent and the Times Literary Supplement. Radio work includes versions of Zamyatin’s We, Greene’s The Ministry of Fear and a Radio 4 documentary on Ted Lewis, the author of Get Carter. He is Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. He received the Forward Prize for Best Collection (1995, 2001, 2007; in 2006 for the Best Single Poem) and the T. S. Eliot Prize (2007). [PSR 31]

RUTH O'CALLAGHAN has been published in many magazines including The London Magazine, Ambit, Magma, and Acumen. Also a playwright, her work has been presented at the Finborough, Oval House, Soho, and Old Red Lion theatres. [PSR 9] [PSR 12]

RICHARD O'CONNELL lives in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. Collections include RetroWorlds (1993), Simulations (1993), Voyages (1995), and The Bright Tower (1997; all University of Salzburg Press). His poems have appeared in Acumen, The Atlantic Monthly, The Formalist, Light, National Review, The New Yorker, and The Texas Review. His most recent collections are Dawn Crossing (2003) and Waiting for the Terrorists (2006; both Atlantis Editions). [PSR 1] [PSR 3] [PSR 11] [PSR 27]

DANIEL O'CONNOR was born in Middlesbrough in 1985, and now lives in Liverpool where he is working on a doctoral thesis on the identities of Ted Hughes at the University of Liverpool. [PSR 18]

TOMMY FRANK O'CONNOR lives in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland. His published works include a novel, The Poacher's Apprentice (Marino Books, 1997); a novel for children, Kee Kee, Cup & Tok (Wynkin de Worde, 2004); a collection of stories, Loose Head (Doghouse, 2004), and two poetry collections, Attic Warpipes (Bradshaw Books, 2005) and Meeting Mona Lisa (Doghouse, 2011). [PSR 21]

MARY O'DONNELL lives in Co. Kildare, Ireland. Has published four collections of poetry, most recently September Elegies (Lapwing, 2003), three novels, and one collection of stories. She is a member of Aosdána, the multi-disciplinary affiliation of Irish artists which honours creativity and achievement. [PSR 9]

BERNARD O'DONOGHUE was born in Cullen, Co Cork in 1945, and he still spends part of every year there. Since 1965 he has lived in Oxford where he now teaches Medieval English at Wadham College. He has published five volumes of poems, with Gallery Press and Chatto & Windus, and his Selected Poems was published by Faber in 2008. He has published books on Medieval European Love Poetry, and on Seamus Heaney, as well as a verse translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for Penguin in 2006. [PSR 16]

GRÉAGÓIR Ó DÚILL was born in Dublin. Educated in Belfast, Dublin and Maynooth, where he gained a PhD in English. He has taught Contemporary Gaelic Literature at Queen’s University, Belfast. He has published eight collections in Irish and one in English (New Room Windows, Doghouse, 2008) and a critical biography of Sir Samuel Ferguson. [PSR 14]

LAURENCE O'DWYER is a graduate of University College Cork and holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. In 2017 he received a MacDowell Fellowship for the Arts. In 2016 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry. He has also won a Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. He is currently a script writer with Asylum Productions. [PSR 32]

ANDREW OLDHAM writes for BBC TV, Stage, Film and Page, publications include Criminally Minded (Route UK, 2003), Dreamcatcher 9/11 (UK), Gargoyle (USA), Black Bear Review (USA), Poetry Greece, Jones Ave (Canada), Comrades (USA), Big City Lit (USA), Retort (Australia), NAWE (UK). He is the editor of Vending Poetry ( He has been nominated for the Jerwood-Arvon 1999 (by Booker prize short-listee, Michele Roberts) and is a prior recipient of a Peggy Ramsay Award for Writers and NWAB Writers Bursary. He was poet-in-residence for North Wales Celebration 2003. [PSR 6]

TIM O'LEARY is a photographer and poet from London. Personal projects, usually in black-and-white, are often the source of sleeve art for the likes of John Banville, Doris Lessing, and Joyce Carol Oates. His exhibition of poems and photographs, Rite of Cancer, was recreated for permanent private display in the City of London in 2013. [PSR 17] [PSR 26]

MICHAEL O'NEILL is the author of three collections of poems: The Stripped Bed (Collins Harvill, 1990), Wheel (2008), and Gangs of Shadow (2014, both Arc). He has received an Eric Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award for his poetry. He was the co-editor of Poetry Durham (1982-1994). He is a Professor of English at Durham University. Recent academic books include, as editor, John Keats in Context (Cambridge UP, 2017) and, as co-author with Madeleine Callaghan, The Romantic Poetry Handbook (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017). [PSR 32]

ANNE BRITTING OLESON earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the Stonecoast Program of the University of Southern Maine. She has published two chapbooks, The Church of St. Materiana (Moon Pie Press, 2007) and The Beauty of It (Sheltering Pines Press, 2010). [PSR 27]

DAVID OLSEN holds an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. His Unfolding Origami, winner of the Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award, will appear in 2015. Three chapbooks: Sailing to Atlantis (2013), New World Elegies (2011; both Finishing Line Press), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2001). His work has recently appeared in Acumen, Envoi, Interpreter's House, The Journal, Orbis, and Prole. [PSR 26]

EVA OLSGARD is a Norwegian-American writer, artist, and designer. She holds a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bard College. Her writing has appeared in Pinyon Review, Cobalt, and Magma Poetry. Her prayer flags installation, Between Two Worlds, was commissioned for Chicago’s Gross Park Sculpture Invitational. Her cubist poem, EYE DISCRIMINATE AGAINST GAZE (2006-ongoing), was launched on as an interactive “bust” provoking a global discussion about xenophobia, surveillance, and social media. [PSR 31]

IRAJ OMIDVAR is an assistant professor of English at Southern Polytechnic State University. See entry for Parviz Omidvar. [PSR 10]

PARVIZ OMIDVAR has translated into Persian C. G. Jung's On the Nature of the Psyche (Behjat, 1996), Edward De Bono's Practical Thinking (Razi, 1985), and a collection of children’s stories, Tell Me a Story (Andisheh, 2001). In collaboration with his son, Iraj Omidvar, he has published, or has forthcoming, translations of Persian poetry in literary journals such as Tampa Review, Puerto del Sol, Poetry Review, and The Spoon River Poetry Review. [PSR 10]

LINCOLN O'NEILL currently works at New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development. Previously, he lived in India for two years and has travelled to many other countries in Asia such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Laos, all of which have been an influence on his writing. [PSR 8]

MARKUS OPPOLZER was born in Linz, Upper Austria, in 1972 and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the English Department of the University of Salzburg. He is currently rewriting his PhD thesis on failed rites of passage in early Gothic fiction for publication. [PSR 4] [PSR 10] [PSR 14]

PETER ORAM, born in Cardiff in 1947, has lived in La Mancha, London and Pembrokeshire, but is now resident in Nuremberg. First class degrees in Mod. Langs. and Music. Publications include two novels, Maddocks (Gomer, 1997) and The Rub, a collection of poems, White (both Starborn, 2001), and The Page and The Fire (Arc, 2007), translations of poems by Russian poets on Russian poets. [PSR 11]

CAITRIONA O'REILLY is an Irish poet and critic. She has published two collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books and has written for The Guardian, The Irish Times, Poetry Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. She served on the editorial board of Metre Magazine and as editor of Poetry Ireland Review from 2008 until 2011. [PSR 21] [PSR 25] [PSR 29]

WENDY ORR lives in Fife, Scotland and has a background in Secondary Leadership. She leads the Education Programme for StAnza International Poetry Festival. Recent poems are published in Ink, Sweat & Tears, Lighthouse, and Gutter. She is the winner of Mother’s Milk Books Poetry Competition 2014. [PSR 29]

THOMAS ORSZÁG-LAND (b. 1938) is a poet and foreign correspondent who writes on Eastern Europe for The Guardian/Observer News Service and The Times Literary Supplement in London. He survived the 1944/45 siege of Budapest as a Jewish child hiding from both the Nazis and the Allied bombers. He participated in the 1956 revolution against Soviet rule as a journalist on the staff of Magyar Függetlenség (The Hungarian Independent). He read philosophy at Acadia University in Canada. He divides his time between Highgate (London) and Ujlipótváros (Budapest). Major works: Tales of Matriarchy & Other Poems (KT Publications, 1998), Berlin Proposal (Envoi Poets Press, 1991), Testimony (poetry translated from the Hungarian of András Mezei; Budapest: City Press, 1994), Free Women (adaptations from the French of Francois Villon and the Hungarian of György Faludy, National Poetry Foundation, 1991), Prince Bluebeard's Castle (the libretto of the opera by Béla Bartók, translated from the Hungarian of Béla Balázs, Tern Press, 1978) and The Witness (poetry translated from the Hungarian of Miklós Radnóti, Tern Press, 1977). [PSR 6]

MARTIN-GEORG OSCITY, originally from Slovakia, has now lived in Munich, Germany for many years. He is the founder of his own style called "Visionart" (founded in 2000). It is a well-done mixture of the aesthetic of forms, the mystic and the philosophic thoughts behind the quantum theory. The most important aspect for him is the search for signs of God in men, the real beauty and the unity with the universe. [PSR 18] [PSR 30]

FRANK OSEN's first book, Virtue, Big as Sin, was awarded the 2012 Able Muse Book Prize by poet Mary Jo Salter and published by that press in 2013. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The American Arts Quarterly, The Dark Horse, and on Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. He has won the Best American Poetry Poem Contest #2. He lives in Pasadena, California, where he works at the Huntington Library. [PSR 25]

ALICIA OSTRIKER is a poet and critic, twice a National Book Award finalist, and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent volume of poems is The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (U of Pittsburgh P, 2014). She is also the author of Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women's Poetry in America (Beacon Press, 1986). [PSR 28]

DAVID ISHAYA OSU was born in Nigeria in 1991. His poetry has appeared in Chiron Review, The Lampeter Review, Cutbank, Transition, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and The Nottingham Review. He is a fellow at Ebedi International Writers Residency, and is the poetry editor at Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. [PSR 31]

JAMES O'SULLIVAN holds a PhD from University College Cork and is the Founding Editor of New Binary Press. His work has been published in Cyphers, Revival, The SHOp, and Southword. His third collection of poetry, Courting Katie, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2017. [PSR 30]

MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN has performed her work and published internationally since the late 1970s. She worked on arts documentary films for BBC TV between 1973 and 1988. Since then, she has been involved in many performance/workshop presentations, courses and held numerous residencies. Poet, artist, editor, publisher, she is the author of 15 books including EXCLA, a collaboration with Bruce Andrews (Writers Forum, 1993). She edited the influential Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK (Reality Street, 1996). Her most recent publications are red shifts (etruscan books, 2001), Palace of Reptiles (The Gig, 2003) and a republication of the long out-of-print In the House of the Shaman (Reality Street, 2003). Waterfalls is forthcoming from her own press, (Magenta, 2004). Murmur is her current work in process and awaits publication. [PSR 6]

MICHELLE O'SULLIVAN lives on the west coast of Ireland. Her work has been published in journals such as Agenda, The Antigonish Review, The London Magazine, Mslexia, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The SHOp, and Stand Magazine. [PSR 17]

CATHERINE OWEN from Vancouver, BC has published widely in Canadian periodicals. Her books include Somatic: The Life and Work of Egon Schiele (Exile Ed. TO 98) and The Wrecks of Eden (Wolsak and Wynn TO 02). Cusp/detritus will be published by Beach Holme (BC) in 2005. The piece printed here, inspired by Foucault and time spent in the hospital with a schizophrenic, courses back and forth between a history of the asylum and schizoid consciousness. [PSR 8]

WILLIAM OXLEY was born in Manchester, UK. His most recent books are ISCA: Exeter Moments (Ember Press, 2013) and translations (with Parvin Loloi) from The Divan of Hafez (Acumen Publications, 2013). Forthcoming in 2014 is his Collected and New Poems from Rockingham Press. Poetry Salzburg published The Romantic Imagination: A William Oxley Casebook in 2005. He is a former member of the General Council of the Poetry Society. Co-founder of the Torbay Poetry Festival, he received the Torbay ArtsBase Award for Literature in 2008.
Read more about William Oxley on our homepage. [PSR 3] [PSR 4] [PSR 6] [PSR 10] [PSR 13] [PSR 17] [PSR 23] [PSR 25] [PSR 29] [PSR 33]