Mícheál McCann is a poet, editor, project manager and producer from Derry, based in Belfast.
I was fortunate to be invited to guest-edit Trumpet, the literary pamphlet published by Poetry Ireland.
"Trumpet 10, edited by Mícheál McCann, takes a snapshot of poets and poetry in Northern Ireland, 2021. Among its contributors are Dawn Watson writing on Nigella Lawson and the art of living, Bebe Ashley on sign language and its influence on her poetry, while both Colette Bryce and Kerri ní Dochartaigh write about the Derry they remember. There are new poems from Leontia Flynn, Anesu Khanya Mtowa, Dane Holt, Moyra Donaldson, and others. Among the titles reviewed are the anthology Queering the Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry, and Glass by Emily Cooper, with artwork in Trumpet 10 from Derry’s Liam Bradley and Belfast’s Beverley Healy."
The fuzzy loops of you fall to the tiles
like duck tears, or rain against a window,
muted, as all things are, in those
first few bright moments of wakening.
– Haircut with Beard Trimmer
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE SHOWCASE 2021
Kei Miller selected me as part of his curation of the yearly ILS, a partnership between the National Centre for Writing and the British Council. Kei described my work: ‘Queerness is just one part of McCann’s identity and it is folded into an intellect, a curiosity, a slight mischievousness that looks out to the world and notices its oddities and its disruptions.’