ONWARDS… is a blog about whatever comes into Eddie Stack’s head. It may be fiction in one posting, a book or gig review in the next…maybe social commentary, bits and pieces picked up on the ether net… stories from music sessions, tales from cattle marts or the back of airplanes.
Eddie Stack is an Irish writer and an American Small Press of the Year Award recipient. He received a Top 100 Irish American Award in response to his book of short fiction, The West: Stories from Ireland, which was published by Island House (US) and Bloomsbury (UK). The West received excellent reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
Eddie Stack’s work is included in State of the Art: Stories from New Irish Writers; Irish Christmas Stories, The Clare Anthology and Fiction in the Classroom. His stories have also appeared in literary reviews Fiction, Confrontation, Whispers & Shouts and Criterion 83. Stories from The West have been read on radio worldwide and a CD of four stories read by the author, with music by Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill was released in summer 2002. His collection of stories, Out of the Blue, was published in Spring 2004. He recently won the Caomhnú Award for short fiction and his novel Headswas published this year.
Eddie Stack was co-founder and artistic director of the Irish Arts Foundation in San Francisco. He was a member of the Irish trad group Last Night’s Fun with Tommy Peoples, Paddy Keenan, Johnny Moynihan and the late Shane Holden. He is currently working on a book about the culture and traditional arts of Doolin, County Clare. Due out in 2012, the book includes interviews with Micho Russell and Paddy Shannon as well as profiles on the Russell and Killoughery brothers. It has features on storytelling, dancing as well as music and song s from Doolin. He is a lecturer in Celtic Studies at UC Berkeley, California.
He is father of Aindrias de Staic (musician, actor + writer: http://www.aindrias.com) Eamon de Staic (filmmaker), Róisin Stack (playwright + theatre director) and Jamie MacDara Stack (poet + painter)