Promoting Irish-American Culture
and Preserving Local Histories
Through Year-Round Programs

The Crossroads Salon

Welcome to the Crossroads Salon

The Crossroads Salon was launched within the 12th annual Irish-American Crossroads Festival.  The San Francisco Bay Area has long been home to many important Irish and Irish-American authors and artists, from Eugene O’Neill to Kathleen Thompson Norris. The Crossroads Salon creates a space for local writers and artists — who either have Irish-American heritage or who are interested in exploring Irish-American themes — to gather and experience each other’s work and share ideas.

This inaugural Crossroads Salon took place on Thursday, March 12 at the United Irish Cultural Center (2700 45th Avenue @ Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, California) at 7 pm. It featured both readings from invited local authors and an ‘open mic’ for additional authors and artists who wanted to share their work.

The Crossroads Salon will be ongoing, meeting regularly in various locations around the Bay Area. If you would like to receive announcements about the Salon schedule, please sign up for our regular emails.

The Crossroads Irish-American Writing Contest

In 2011, Crossroads launched the first-ever Irish-American Writing Contest with the aim to support and develop Irish-American writing.  We are interested in the varied and multiple ways in which one can be “Irish” in “America”.  In this sense, to be Irish-American means that one can be fist or fifth generation, with or without a diversity of other ethnic/racial inheritances. To be Irish-American can mean that one hails from Boise, Brooklyn, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Halifax, Montserrat of Fairbanks, Alaska.  In other words, we define Irish-American as inclusive of the Americas.  And, we are interested in all of the possible ways that the Irish have impacted and shaped experience, identity, culture and society in each and every corner of the Americas.

Since its inception, Crossroads has awarded three winners of the Irish-American Writing Contest, listed below:

2010-2011 – Memoir

Judged by:  Michael Patrick McDonald, an Irish-American activist against crime and violence and author of his memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie.

2011-2012: Short Story

Judged by: Catherine Brady, Academic Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of San Francisco, Jean McGarry, Professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and Terence Winch, an Irish-American poet, writer and musician.

2012-2013:  Poetry

Judged by: Eamonn Wall, the Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the director of the Irish Studies Program.