William Keohane

India Downes-Le Guin

William Keohane is a writer from Limerick, Ireland. In 2021, he was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, and was one of ten poets selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series. William holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Limerick.

Project Description: slowly, slowly is a book about the nature of transition, often viewed as a linear movement from one state of being, one gender, to another. In this collection of essays, William shows that it is a process, involving versions of self co-existing, ideally, but not always, in concordance with one another. The body of the past lives on in memory, while the present body fluctuates, depending on how it is perceived by others. This is akin to water, which moves, changes, is stagnant, flowing. Water exists in different states, as solid, liquid, gas, but fundamentally, is unchanged. It remains the same element and, for this reason, water flows through every page.

Residency: 2022 Without Borders