Review: Sinking Ship’s ‘A Hunger Artist’ feeds the soul

Jonathan Levin in ‘A Hunger Artist’ may be the best solo performance of the year.

Irish Least Romantic in Europe: Is the Furniture Paid For?

Are the Irish the least romantic in Europe? Boy writes girl, boy loses girl, boy writes song (poem, play) about it…

Savage F*cks of Dublintown – Kevin Holohan, Honor Molloy, Maeve Price and Michelle Woods read Joyce, Brennan, McCabe and more*

Three contributors to New York Irish Arts read from their work and from the work of famous writers!

Podcast: actress/playwright Winsome Brown talks about mum


Winsome Brown talks to Gwen and to Michelle Woods about her new play, “This Is Mary Brown.”

‘Waiting for IKEA’ has a heart

“Waiting for IKEA” has luminous and touching performances.

Kafka Translated

In Michelle Woods’ new book “Kafka Translated,” she looks at Franz’s Irish connection, his humor, and finds that Kafka himself was a re-interpreter.

Sandy hits New York Irish Arts

Downtown Millburn, post-Sandy. Dark. How It’s New York: This is about Hurricane Sandy, which hit us here big time on October 29. The world was watching.How It’s Irish: Many of the people hit are Irish and Irish-Americans living here, particularly in Breezy Point and the Jersey Shore. As everyone who reads this blog surely knows, […]

Theatre Review: Michelle Woods on Love’s Labours Lost and The 39 Steps

How it’s New York: This is the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 26th year, located near Cold Spring, NY (reachable by train and courtesy bus from the station). How it’s (Irish) English: Shakespeare in rep for the summer, along with a witty take on England’s celluloid genius, Alfred Hitchcock. The season runs through Sept. 2. Get […]

Books: Michelle spends Bloomsday in Bed

Izzie finds a good use for Ulysses How it’s New York: I was in me bed upstate! How it’s Irish: the BBC produce an all-day radio adaptation of Ulysses on Bloomsday Bloomsday was almost a month ago. This summer is flying by! One voice not heard from in all of our posts- this one on […]

Books: Michelle Woods reviews “Call of the Lark”

How it’s New York: Author Maura Mulligan teaches Irish dancing and Irish in New York, and is a frequent reader at Irish American Writers & Artists Salon. How it’s Irish: Mulligan gives a bracing picture of life in Mayo in the 1940s and 1950s and immigration to New York.Books Editor Michelle Woods finds Maura Mulligan’s memoir […]

Michelle Woods’ Censoring Translation is out!

Michelle with the new book How it’s New York: Michelle Woods is an Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz. And Books Editor for New York Irish Arts! How it’s Irish: She’s Irish – well, half-Irish, half-Czech.  Celto-Slavs, anyone? Our fab Books Editor Michelle Woods launches her NEW BOOK, “Censoring Translation: Censorship, Theatre, and the Politics […]

Book Review: Fambilly Planning: Michelle Woods Reviews Smarty Girl!

How It’s New York: author Honor Molloy is a New York resident and celebrated reader at the Irish American Writers’ and Artists Salon.  She also occasionally blogs for us! How It’s Irish: Molloy was born in Dublin and her new novel, Smarty Girl, takes place in Bohemian 1960s Dublin. Hear a snippet from the audiobook […]

Kevin Holohan Remembers Reading Russell Hoban, 1925-2011

@Graham Jepson How It’s New York:  This memorial was written by Kevin Holohan, an Irish writer based in New York.  Books Editor Michelle Woods reviewed his The Brothers’ Lot and loved it.  Also, Hoban was Jewish– so this is Jirish, which is so New York (even though Hoban lived in London).How It’s Irish:  This remembrance […]

Michelle Woods on Sean Nolan’s Memoir Guys Like Us

Sean Nolan signs books in Manasqan, NJ How it’s New York: Set in and around the Irish Jersey Shore, Guys Like Us: A Memoir of Life Lost and Found is close enough (editor’s note:  tristate!  It’s tristate!  I’m from Jersey!). How it’s Irish: The Nolan family and their myths give some insight into the rise […]