Adrian Rice is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. In autumn 1999, as recipient of the US/Ireland Exchange Fellowship, he was Poet-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory. Rice returned to Lenoir-Rhyne College as Visiting Writer-in-Residence for 2005. Since then, he and his American wife Molly have happily settled in Hickory where he teaches English and Creative Writing at Catawba Valley Community College and at Appalachian State University.
He has delivered writing workshops, readings, and lectures throughout the UK & Ireland, Europe & America, working with all age groups and abilities in schools and colleges, community groups, literary festivals, etc.
He has published several volumes of poetry, starting with Muck Island (1990), a collaboration with leading Irish artist, Ross Wilson, and most recently The Clock Flower (2012). First released in Ireland in 2012, The Clock Flower has recently been published by Press 53 in an extended American edition. He has also edited several poetry anthologies. His work has also appeared in international journals and anthologies. Turning poetry into lyrics, he has also teamed up with Hickory-based and fellow Belfastman, musician/songwriter Alyn Mearns, to form ‘The Belfast Boys’, a dynamic Irish Traditional Music duo. Their debut album, Songs For Crying Out Loud, was released in 2011, and is regularly featured on WNCW.
With another collection of poetry already completed – Hickory Station – Rice is currently working on a long sequence, a kind of autobiography in verse, provisionally entitled Eleventh Night, detailing his formative years in Belfast during the ‘Troubles’. He is greatly looking forward to sharing such memory work with fellow poet-participants in the relaxed and supportive atmosphere of Doe Branch Ink.
“Adrian Rice has a nice sense of what he is up to as a poet: I like and admire the way his district and his diction are so artfully tongue-in-cheek and hand-in-glove.” —Seamus Heaney, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature
“Hickory Haiku is a jewel of a book. Whenever I pick it up I find new treasures and I simply read them again and again. The poems have a feeling of two worlds—Hickory now, Ireland then. The book has a beautiful intensity, beautifully controlled by form and intellectual and emotional precision.” —Brendan Kennelly, author of The Essential Brendan Kennelly: Selected Poems