The Road to Ballyvaughan
Gibbons Ruark

Book Launch: The Road to Ballyvaughan by Gibbons Ruark


Thursday 7 April 2016


All are welcome to the launch of The Road to Ballyvaughan – a poetry collection from Gibbons Ruark which will be launched by writer and editor Anthony Glavin

Praise for The Road to Ballyvaughan:

There’s a clean, lively language at work here, full of fine words clearly relished, while those poems lodged in Irish landscapes, both physical and literary, shine with the virtue of authenticity: they see, feel and communicate what’s actually there, what’s been experienced with sharp eye, responsive ear, imaginative understanding.

— Eamon Grennan

Gibbons Ruark is a yea-sayer. Here is poetry to give us heart, full of serious praise for life and humankind, in language strong and beautiful. It seems a lovely irony in a time when Irish poetry is thriving that Ruark, with his roots in North Carolina, should stand so high among those contemporary poets who can write of Ireland with the most sympathy and understanding.

— X. J. Kennedy


About the writer:

Gibbons Ruark was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1941, and grew up in various Methodist parsonages in the eastern part of the state. Educated in public schools and at the Universities of North Carolina and Massachusetts, he taught English largely at the University of Delaware until his retirement in 2005.

He has published his poems widely for fifty years. Among his nine collections are Keeping Company (Johns Hopkins, 1983), Rescue the Perishing (LSU, 1991), Passing Through Customs: New and Selected Poems (LSU, 1999), Staying Blue (Lost Hills Books, 2008) and The Road to Ballyvaughan (Jacar Press, 2015). The recipient of many awards, including three NEA Poetry Fellowships, residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, a Pushcart Prize and the 1984 Saxifrage Prize for Keeping Company, he lives with his wife Kay in Raleigh.