Neil McCarthy studied English Literature at the National University of Ireland in Galway and began writing poetry when he realised he was useless at playing the guitar. His first publications appeared in local magazines and after influences and experiences in South America, Australia, Central Asia and Scandinavia, his work has since regularly appeared in magazines and journals that include The New York Quarterly (USA), Magma (UK), The SHOp (Ireland), The Dalhousie Review (Canada), Popshot (UK), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), Pilvax (Hungary), Dream Catcher (UK) and Blue Dog (Australia) to name a few. His poems have also been translated and published in Serbian, Hungarian and Romanian. He has recited solo, played with musicians and charmed audiences at three consecutive Prague Fringe Festivals, performed in NY, Los Angeles, Denver, Dublin, Melbourne, Krakow, Vienna, Budapest; read at embassies, delivered lectures in foreign universities and various living rooms. He is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, all of which are not available, but he hopes it won't be long until he has a full length book of poems available for purchase or barter. His debut album of spoken word 'Live in the Laden' recorded live in Vienna is now available from Preiser Records/Label08. He is a mean pool shark and pound for pound the best Boggle player in America. He currently lives in Los Angeles.