Cultural Writing. Memoir. Modern Irish-American history is charted through the lives of four emigrant sisters and their families "in prose richer than most poetry" -John Vernon. This is a tale of wit, grief, and passage that unfolds like a series of mysteries rippling from "the long swim back through time." In this work, Philip Brady blends poetry and memory to describe the goddesses and warriors, coal miners and detectives, quarks and neutrinos that emerge out of the journey's wake, ultimately fulfilling the desire to prove his blood.
Philip Brady is the author of a memoir, a collection of essays, and four books of poems—WEAL (Ashland Poetry Press, 2000), TO PROVE MY BLOOD: A TALE OF EMIGRATIONS & THE AFTERLIFE (Ashland Poetry Press, 2003), FATHOM (Word Press, 2007), and TO BANQUET WITH THE ETHIOPIANS: A MEMOIR OF LIFE BEFORE THE ALPHABET (Broadstone Books, 2015). His work has been awarded the Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, a Gold Medal from ForeWord, an Ohioana Poetry Award, fiveIndividual Artist Fellowships and a Governor's Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and a Thayer Fellowship. He is executive director of Etruscan Press and professor of English at Youngstown State University. He also teaches in the low- residency program at Wilkes University. He plays in the New-Celtic band, Brady's Leap.Author City: YOUNGSTOWN, OH USA