January Poetry Curator Emma Must

Poets Are Quite Resilient

Emma Must is a poet living in Belfast. Formerly a full-time environmental campaigner, she was awarded the 1995 Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe for her efforts towards land conservation. She has a PhD in English from Queen’s University Belfast, where she focused on ecopoetry and ecocriticism. Her first full-length poetry collection The Ballad of Yellow Wednesday has been longlisted for the 2023 Laurel Prize and Highly Commended in the 2023 Forward Prizes for Poetry. Zócalo’s poetry curator for January, Must chatted with us about walking along the River Lagan, her …

What L.A. and Belfast Have in Common

Should Two Famously Divided Cities Forget or Remember the Past to Move Forward in the Present?

To govern a divided city, you need to balance your remembering with some forgetting.

That was my takeaway after moderating a recent public event that used Zoom to link live audiences …