Poetry. "In this technically impressive collection, the poems offer a witty, intrepid, unsentimental response to pleasures of the flesh as well as to pain and soreness of spirit, extracting their subjects from the drift of things. A clear-eyed and authentic chronicler of his Irish-American tribe, Winch has a beautifully tuned ear, whether working in formal mode or in supple lines of free verse. In all their zany plainspoken ways, these poems sing"—Eamon Grennan. "I wish I lived in the world Terence Winch inhabits. Something invisible and mythical ennobles every object he encounters. His poems are full of a carefree confidence that comes from being so good at what you do that you don't think twice about mixing elegies, villanelles, jokes, traditional rhymes, and a story about a one-eyed guy named Max"—Matthew Rohrer.
Terence Winch is the author of THIS WAY OUT (Hanging Loose Press, 2014); FALLING OUT OF BED IN A ROOM WITH NO FLOOR (Hanging Loose Press, 2011); BOY DRINKERS (Hanging Loose Press, 2007); THE DRIFT OF THINGS (The Figures, 2001); IRISH MUSICIANS/AMERICAN FRIENDS (Coffee House Press, 1986), which won an American Book Award; and The Great Indoors (Story Line Press, 1995), which won the Columbia Book Award. THAT SPECIAL PLACE: NEW WORLD IRISH STORIES (Hanging Loose Press, 2004) is a collection of nonfiction pieces on his experiences playing traditional Irish music. He has also published a book of short stories called Contenders (Story Line Press, 1989) and numerous chapbooks. His work has appeared in many anthologies, including The Oxford Book of American Poetry (2006), Poetry 180 (2003), Best American Poetry (1997, 2003, 2007), and in such publications as The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, NEW AMERICAN WRITING, The World, The New Republic, Shiny, Verse, et al. He was the subject of a profile on NPR's All Things Considered and has been featured many times on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac radio program. He has received an NEA Fellowship in poetry, as well as grants from the DC Commission on the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Commission, and the Fund for Poetry. The son of Irish immigrants to New York, Winch has also played Irish music all his life, recording three albums with his group Celtic Thunder. The band's second recording, featuring his popular song "When New York Was Irish," won the INDIE for Best Celtic Album. Author City: SILVER SPRING, MD USA