Eat the Storms – The Podcast Podcast – Episode 2 – Season 5

Podcast available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Player FM, Radio Public, OverCast, PocketCast, CastBox, iTunes, Podbean, Podcast Addicts and many more platforms.

This episode aired first on Saturday 14th May 2022. The guests were Lucy Heuschen, Maeve McKenna, John D Kelly, Susana H Case, Margo Taft Stever, Daniel Hinds, produced and hosted by Damien B. Donnelly. Below are details and links to all the guest stars…

Lucy Heuschen

Lucy Heuschen (she/her) is a British poet living in the countryside of the Rheinland in Germany. A former lawyer, breast cancer survivor, avid reader and poet, Lucy is the founder of The Rainbow Poems, the online poetry community for anyone going through major life change. She is co-editor of the Sonnets for Shakespeare Anthology Project (set up during lockdown to support the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Globe Theatre). Lucy also leads the German Stanza of the Poetry Society. Her debut pamphlet We Wear The Crown, will be published by Hedgehog Press in August 2022.

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You can also follow on Facebook

Maeve McKenna

Maeve McKenna is a poet living in Sligo, Ireland. Her poetry has been placed in several international poetry competitions including iYeats, Red Line, Hanna Greally, Trim and The Allingham. Her work is published in print in Mslexia, Orbis, Sand Magazine, Fly on the Wall, Boyne Berries, One Hundred Words of Solitude, Sonder, Channel, Cutlure Matters, The Cormorant among others and widely online. Her work is anthologised in several books. Maeve was a finalist in the Eavan Boland Mentorship Award 2020, third in The Canterbury Poet of The Year, 2021, and a Pushcart nominee, 2022. Maeve was part of a collaboration with three poets and their pamphlet won the Dreich Alliance Pamphlet Competition, published, October, 2021. Maeve has received two literature bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her debut pamphlet was published in February, 2022, by Fly On The Wall Press. A second pamphlet will be published in September, 2022, by Rare Swan Press.

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Find out more about Maeve at her website

A Dedication to Drowning is available on Fly on the Wall Press

John D Kelly

John D. Kelly lives in Co. Fermanagh. His work has appeared in various literary publications including Poetry Ireland Review, Magma, Southword, Cyphers, Skylight 47, Boyne Berries, Crannog, The Honest Ulsterman, The Cormorant, Poetry NI, etc. In 2020 he won the Listowel Short Collection Award and the Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition. His poetry was highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2016; achieved Silver Medal in the International Dermot Healy Poetry Competition in both 2015 and 2014. His first collection The Loss Of Yellowhammers (Summer Palace Press) was published in 2020.

The Loss of Yellowhammers is widely available including Charlie Byrne’s

Susana H Case

Susana H. Case has authored eight books of poetry, most recently The Damage Done, Broadstone Books, 2022. Dead Shark on the N Train, Broadstone Books, 2020 won a Pinnacle Book Award for Best Poetry Book, a NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite, and was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. The first of her five chapbooks, The Scottish Café, Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka by Opole University Press. She co-edited, with Margo Taft Stever, the anthology I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, Milk and Cake Press, 2022. Case worked several decades as a university professor and program coordinator in New York City and currently is a co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. 

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Find out more about Susana at her website

You can buy A Damage Done at,aps,129&sr=8-1

Margo Taft Stever

Margo Taft Stever’s latest of three full-length books is The End of Horses (Broadstone Books, 2022), Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019). Her latest of four chapbooks is Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019). She is an adjunct assistant Professor in the Bioethics Department of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and teaches a poetry workshop at Children’s Village, a residential school for at risk children and adolescents. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Plume, Verse Daily, “Poem-A-Day” on poets.orgPrairie Schooner, Connecticut Review, Cincinnati Review, upstreet, and Salamander. She is founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. She lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

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Find out more about Margo at her website

Daniel Hinds

Daniel Hinds lives in Newcastle. He won the Poetry Society’s Timothy Corsellis Young Critics Prize 2018 and his prose poem review of Jay Bernard’s Surge was one of the winners of the Shortlist Book Review Competition 2020, held in celebration of the Dylan Thomas Prize by Swansea University. His poetry was commended in the National Centre for Writing’s UEA New Forms Award 2021. He was also one of the winners of The Broken Spine’s Flash Fiction Competition. He was shortlisted for the Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize 2019 and the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize 2018, and longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize 2021. Two of his poems were highly commended in the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts Water Poetry Competition, judged by W. N. Herbert and John Burnside. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The London Magazine, The New European, Wild Court, Poetry Salzburg Review, Stand, Southword, Prairie Fire, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2019-2021, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Blackbox Manifold, The Honest Ulsterman, Fly on the Wall Press Magazine, The Morning Star, Finished Creatures, Rewilding: An Ecopoetic Anthology, Newcastle University’s One Planet Anthology, Amethyst Review, Perverse, Streetcake Magazine, Riggwelter, Orbis, The Seventh Quarry, New Contrast, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, York Literary Review, Poetry and Covid, Bind, Acid Bath Publishing’s The Worst Best Years: A Student Life Anthology and Travels & Tribulations, Fenland Poetry Journal, StepAway Magazine, The Lake, Visual Verse, The Wilfred Owen Association Journal, Selcouth Station, Nightingale & Sparrow, Black Bough Poetry, Abridged, The Poetry Bus, Confluence, Fragmented Voices, Fevers of the Mind, Spellbinder, Creative Ireland’s 2022 Poetry Anthology, Cardigan Press’s Byline Legacies anthology, Milk and Cake Press’s Dead of Winter II anthology, and BFS Horizons. He has also had an essay published in Pre-Raphaelite Society Review. He was part of a panel of judges for the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts Belonging Poetry Competition and contributed to New Writing North’s Dawn Chorus collective sound poem, which premiered at the Durham Book Festival. He graduated from Newcastle University with a first class degree in English Literature, and a Distinction in his English Literature 1500-1900 MA, for which he won two prestigious scholarships, the School Bursary Award and Excellence Scholarship. He was commissioned by New Creatives, a talent development scheme supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts and delivered by Tyneside Cinema, to produce an audio piece based on his poetic sequence The Stone Men of Newcastle. The audio piece is forthcoming on BBC platforms, including BBC Sounds and BBC Introducing Arts with Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 6 Music.

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RIP Kari Flickinger

I am deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Kari Flickinger on 2nd May 2022. A wonderful light in the poetry community and the author of The Gull and the Bell Tower by Femme Salve Books and The Ceiling Fan by Rare Swan Press. RIP Kari, may the skies be brighter with your company

Upcoming Events

Live at the Cultural Quarter which will feature former guest poet Jessamine O’Connor among others And Jessamine will be back as a guest very soon on Episode 4.

Damien B Donnelly, Producer, Host and Poet

Damien B Donnelly is a 46-year-old Irish, adopted, gay, writer and podcast producer who spent 23 years living in Paris, Amsterdam, and London, returning to Dublin in 2019. In 2020, his debut pamphlet Eat the Storms appeared on the Poetry Book Society Winter List 2020/21 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize followed by a Stickleback collection, and second Pushcart Prize nomination, in Jan 2021, both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. He produces and hosts the poetry podcast Eat the Storms, now in its 5th season with 300+ international guests on over 12 platforms. In the Jitterfritz of Neon, a poetry pamphlet co-written with Eilin de Paor, was published in Jan 2022 followed by his first full collection Enough! in July 2022, for which he was awarded an Agility Award by Arts Council, Ireland. The Fingal Arts have funded his next collection Back from Away, due in 2023. His poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals, both online and in print. In May 2022 he opened submissions to the inaugural issue of The Storms, a journal of poetry, prose and visual art.

He is on Twitter at and instagram at both @damiboy and @weshallalwayshaveparis

You can purchase his pamphlets at his 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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