EMILY CULLEN is a Galway-based writer, scholar, curator and harper, originally from Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Emily was the inaugural Arts Officer of NUI Galway between 1999 and 2002. Her first collection, No Vague Utopia, was published by Ainnir Publishing in 2003. In 2004, she was the National Programme Director of the Patrick Kavanagh Centenary celebrations. She was also selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series in 2004. Emily was awarded an IRC Government of Ireland fellowship for her doctoral study on the Irish harp and completed her Ph.D. in 2008. She frequently publishes essays on Irish music and cultural history and she is also a qualified teacher of the harp and has performed throughout Europe, Australia and the United States. A former member of the Belfast Harp Orchestra, Emily has recorded on a number of albums and also as a solo artist, giving lectures and recitals nationally and internationally. Emily’s second collection of poetry, In Between Angels and Animals, was published by Arlen House in 2013. For the past two years she served as Programme Director of Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Emily has taught Creative Writing—Poetry at the University of Melbourne in 2014 and currently teaches Creative Writing with the School of English at NUI Galway.