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Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme 2020

Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature are delighted to support Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe as she receives one of 23 one-to-one mentoring from professional writer-mentors over the coming year from Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme 2020.

We look forward to working with her over the next year. Congratulations!!

Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe is a poet, pacifist and fabulist. She is the founder of the P[l]ay It Forward Fellowships, poetry editor at Skein Press, and co-editor of a forthcoming commemorative anthology with The Ireland Chair of Poetry. 

Essays and features appear in T Qatar: The New York Times Style Magazine, TED News, Doha News, Dissident Voice, Culture Unplugged and The New Indian Express, among others. Poems are widely published or forthcoming, most recently in Banshee, Poetry Ireland Review, Rattle, The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, and Winter Papers. She has been commissioned to create work for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture celebrations by Poetry Ireland, the Rio 2016 Olympic Truce by the Qatar Olympic Committee, and the Shine Your Light campaign with RTÉ. 

The recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award in Literature (2019/20) from the Arts Council of Ireland, Nidhi currently also serves as a Global Peace Ambassador with the Institute for Economics & Peace. Her work has been awarded the Jaipur BookMark First Book Club Award (2018) for a novel-in-progress, inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Prize (2019), highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award (2019) for best unpublished first collection, selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series (2020), and twice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first book of poetry is forthcoming in Autumn 2021.


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