Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 14 – Season 4

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This episode aired first on Saturday 19th February 2022. The guests were Jeffrey Yamaguchi, Sonya Gildea, Pat Boran, Champion Things, Susan J Farese, Kari Flickinger, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Jeffrey Yamaguchi

Jeffrey Yamaguchi is the author of 52 Projects, Working for the Man, and Anya Chases Down the End. His stories, poems, and photographs have been published in Okay Donkey, Kissing Dynamite, Back Patio Press, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, Vamp Cat Magazine, Nightingale & Sparrow, and Black Bough Poetry, among other literary journals. His short films include Unsettled, which premiered at Atticus Review, and Body of Water. Jeffrey has held leadership roles at major publishing houses, including Penguin Random House, Harpercollins, and Abrams Books, and has taught publishing courses at NYU and Mediabistro. He is currently working to build a new books venture at Blackstone Publishing.

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Subscribe to his newsletter The Falling Dream  at

Sonya Gildea

Sonya Gildea is winner of the John McGahern Literature Award (2021) · A selected poet for Poetry Ireland’s 2021-22 Introductions programme · Recipient of an Artist Literature Bursary Award (2021) from the Irish Arts Council · Winner of an Ireland Chair of Poetry (post-grad) Student Award (2020-21) · Winner of the Cúirt International New Writer’s Award (2015). She has published in Crannóg; the Irish Times; the Stinging Fly; Tolka journal; the Cormorant Broadsheet; the Night Heron Barks; The Maynard Journal of Poetry; the commemorative anthology Hold Open the Door (UCD & Chicago Press, 2020) and the Poetry Ireland anthology, This Is What You Mean To Me (2021) (edited by Seán Hewitt & Paul Lenehan); and with work forthcoming in The Common (2022); and in Arlen House Publishing’s anthology of contemporary Irish poetry (2022) · Sonya is recipient of DLR Arts Office & Creative Ireland Artist Literature Bursary Award (2021); recipient of an artist residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (2021); and recipient of an Irish Arts Council Agility Award (2021) · Sonya holds an MA in creative writing, UCD (2020)  · She is writing a 1st poetry collection, 500 Seconds; and completing the chap book (in collaboration with visual artist, Sorca O’Farrell), The Nine River Beats of Owenea, which is set in Glenties Co. Donegal; She is also completing The Switching Yard, a first book of prose short stories · Sonya lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

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Find out more about Sonya at her website www.

Watch to Sonya and some of her fellow Poetry Ireland Introductions 2021 Program poets read at

Pat Boran

Pat Boran is an Irish poet, editor, broadcaster and filmmaker. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose — among them Then Again (2019), A Man is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems (2017), and Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2015), as well as the humorous memoir The Invisible Prison (2009) and the popular writers’ handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop. His books have been translated into half a dozen languages. He is the recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the US-based Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award. He is a former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio and has edited more than 100 books and anthologies. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s affiliation of creative artists, and since 2020 he’s made more than a dozen short poetry films which have featured in festivals in Ireland and abroad.

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Find out more about Pat at his website

Find Then Again and more of Pat’s books at Dedalus Press

Susan J Farese

Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, (Veteran), a native of NJ, is owner/president of SJF Communications, San Diego, CA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Widener University (PA) and Master’s of Science degree from Seton Hall University (NJ). SJF Communications provides Public Relations, Marketing, Social Media, Websites, Virtual Assisting, Writing, Filmmaking, Acting, Public Speaking, Mentoring and Photography. Clients include theatres, musicians, filmmakers, authors, artists, professional organizations and businesses.  Ms. Farese has diversified experience in health care and communications, including military and civilian nursing practice, management, education/training, public speaking, research, and consulting. Susan is the author of the book “Poetic Expressions in Nursing…Sharing the Caring” (1993 and 2021), currently teaches ‘Capturing Your Creativity with Haiku‘ workshops and has published poetry and articles on a variety of topics. In addition to her being on the advisory board of San Diego Film Week, Susan is a member of SAG-AFTRA,  American Legion Post 43Veterans in Media & EntertainmentSan Diego Writers Ink  the San Diego Press Club, the Southern California Writers Association, the Army Nurse Corps Association.  Since 2017, Susan has been a Mentor in San Diego State University’s Aztec Mentor Program.

Susan’s passions include birdwatching, nature photography, writing/poetry, as well as film/tv/theatre. Susan is in awe of hummingbirds, seahorses, heart-shaped items/art and the colors purple and teal. She lives in sunny San Diego with her husband Mike, daughter Emmy and also is human caregiver to her family’s geriatric tuxedo cat Chloe Marie and Betta Fish Alvin Danny Boy.

Follow Susan on Twitter at  and Instagram: @sjfcommo

Find out more about Susan at her website:

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You can purchase Poetic Expressions in Nursing at

Champion Things

Champion Things is a group based around Gordon Hewitt (guitar, lyrics and vocals) and Wallace Gibson (Electronic and Acoustic Saxophone) creating groove based music, overlain with songs, spoken word, and chants. Hewitt and Gibson are accompanied by a floating line-up of musicians. The group’s home is Belfast, Northern Ireland

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You can find Champion things on Bandcamp

On Spotify at

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For more information about International Page and Stage (run by Gordon Hewitt) and to keep up to date on their global events connecting poets and spoken word artists, follow them on Facebook

Kari Flickinger

Kari Flickinger is the author of The Gull and the Bell Tower (Femme Salvé Books) and Ceiling Fan (Rare Swan Press). Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the SFPA Rhysling Award. She is an alumna of UC Berkeley.

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Find out more about Kari at her website

You can purchase Ceiling Fan at Rare Swan Press

The Gull and the Bell Tower is at Femme Salve Books

Zeegezicht bij Scheveningen

My poem Under the Microscope was inspired by this painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Zeegezicht bij Scheveningen, 1882 (Beach at Scheveningen in Stormy Weather). When viewed under a microscope, you can see sand beneath the paint, trapped when Vincent painted it during the storm). This is my photographs a century later on the same beach…

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In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a conversational poetry pamphlet

In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a conversational poetry pamphlet by Eilín de Paor and Damien B Donnelly published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press is available to buy here…

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly returned to Ireland in 2019 after 23 years in Paris, London and Amsterdam, working in the fashion industry as a pattern maker for various brands including Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Pepe Jeans, Reiss and G-Star. His writing focuses on identity, fragility and connection. His interests revolve around falling over and learning how to get back up while baking delicious cakes. His work had been published in numerous journals online and in print including Black Bough Poetry, Barren Magazine, Anti Hereon Chic, Icefloe Press and The Bangor Literary Journal. His debut poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms, which was featured on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and his Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys were both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. His next collection with be a conversation pamphlet he co-wrote with fellow Irish poet Eilín de Paor called In the Jitterfritz of Neon arriving on the 17th Jan 2022 which will be followed by his first full collection documenting his love affair with Paris called Enough!

He is on Twitter at and instagram at @damiboy

You can follow him and buy his Eat the Storms debut pamphlet and his Stickleback micro collection at is website

Backing music for Eat the Storms is from Purple Planet Royalty Free Music, with thanks…

You can find us on many platforms including Spotify and here is the link…

Published by deuxiemepeau

Published poet, writer, baker and former fashion maker, with footprints in Paris, London and Amsterdam but currently back home in Dublin with sights aimed at leaving a mark on the West coast one clear fine day...

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