• Jean O’Brien
  • Marilar Aleixandre



“Sustenance” by Jean O’Brien. Written for “Eavan Boland — In Her Many Images”, ABEI Journal 23.2 (2021).

Author Biographies

Jean O’Brien

Jean O’Brien graduated on the Trinity College Creative Writing Programme and was a founding member of the celebrated Dublin Writers’ Workshop. She has been involved in teaching creative writing (including poetry and short story) to both adults and children for many years, and is a tutor on the Carlow, Pittsburge College’s MFA programme   She has six full collections of poetry published: The Shadow Keeper (Salmon Poetry 1997) Dangerous Dresser (Bradshaw Books 2005) Lovely Legs (Salmon 2009), Merman (Salmon 2012), Fish on a Bicycle (Salmon 2016) and her latest just published this February Stars Burn Regardless (Salmon 2022) She has won a number of awards including: The Fish International Poetry Award and the highly prestigious Arvon International Poetry Award (UK). She was awarded a Kavanagh fellowship in 2017/18. For the month of November 2021 she was poet in residence in the Centre Culturel Irelandais in Paris.

Marilar Aleixandre

Marilar Aleixandre (María Pilar Jiménez Aleixandre) has a forked tongue, split between literature and research on argumentation and critical thinking; both are feminist. She has authored poetry, full of wild thicket (Desmentindo a primavera, Abecedario de árbores, or Desescribindo), and rebellious animals (Ovella descarreirada), which has received awards as the Esquío to Catálogo de velenos, and the Caixanova-PEN 2007 to Mudanzas, a feminist rewriting of the Metamorphoses, reprinted in Mudanzas e outros velenos (Shiftings and other poisons, Galaxia, 2017). Her poetry is translated in several collections. Her fiction has been extensively awarded: the Blanco Amor to As malas mulleres (Galaxia, 2021); the Álvaro Cunqueiro to A Compañía clandestina de contrapublicidade, or the Xerais to Teoría do caos; short stories collection, as Lobos nas illas (in Spanish Lobos en las islas, 2022; Arde) about complex family relationships, and O coitelo en novembro: beware of novelists, you never know who is the author, who the character. She is also author of young adult fiction about conflicts: A expedición do Pacífico (Galician Critics Award 1995), A cabeza de Medusa (in English Head of Medusa, Small Stations Press, 2019), about the social rape after the physical one awarded the Caixa Galicia and White Ravens, or the Raíña Lupa to A filla do minotauro (2018). Since 2017 she is a member of the Real Academia Galega. twitter @MarilarAleix; www.marilar.galx




How to Cite

O’Brien, J., & Aleixandre, M. (2021). Sustenance. ABEI Journal, 23(2), 236-237.