Pádraig Ó Tuama is coming to campus to deliver a public lecture, “Poetry and Conflict Resolution,” on Thursday evening, September 14th. For full details: https://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lectures/poetry-and-conflict-resolution
Pádraig Ó Tuama is the host of On Being’s Poetry Unbound and the author of Poetry Unbound; 50 Poems to Open Your Life. An Irish poet with interests in language, violence, power and religion, his most recent collection is Feed the Beast (Broken Sleep Books, 2022). A poet and theologian, Ó Tuama’s work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion.
From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. With undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theology and professional qualifications in conflict mediation, he also holds a PhD (Poetry & Theology) from the University of Glasgow.
Profiling Ó Tuama in The New Yorker, journalist and poet Eliza Grizwold wrote “Poetry, for him, is the language the heart speaks not when it reaches for some externalized divinity but when it seeks to understand itself.”
To learn more about Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work, check out his profile in The New Yorker, his storytelling feature on The Moth, his conversation with Krista Tippett on the NPR program, On Being, and his interview in Orion Magazine.
You can find his website at https://www.padraigotuama.com/