Adrian Rice

Adrian Rice is from Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA in English & Politics, and MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature. He has delivered writing workshops, readings, and lectures throughout the UK & Ireland, and America. In autumn 1999, as recipient of the US/Ireland Exchange Bursary, he was Poet-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, NC.  His poems and reviews have been broadcast internationally on radio and television, and have been published in several international magazines and journals. Rice returned to Lenoir-Rhyne College as Visiting Writer-in-Residence for 2005. Since then, Adrian and his wife Molly, and young son, Micah, have settled in Hickory, from where he commutes to Boone for Doctoral studies at ASU.  During his time in Hickory, Adrian has taught English and Creative Writing at several local colleges, including Lenior-Rhyne University, and Catawba Valley Community College, and at ASU for the Reading program. He has also teamed up with Hickory-based and fellow Belfastman, musician/songwriter Alan Mearns, to form ‘The Belfast Boys’, a dynamic Irish Traditional Music duo. Their debut album, Songs For Crying Out Loud, regularly airs across the Carolinas.  Adrian’s (American) poetry books, The Clock Flower (2013), and Hickory Station (2015), are both published by Press 53 (Winston-Salem).  Hickory Station was nominated for the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, and “Breath” earned a Pushcart Prize nomination.  His new book, The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1986-2017, has just been published, and a poem from the book will feature in The Guardian in April, in the poet Carol Rumens’ popular ‘Poem of the Week’ column.  Rice’s poems are also included in a major new book from Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, Open-Eyed, Full-Throated: An Anthology of American/Irish Poets (2019).  

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