Dodging The Rain has evolved into a poetry journal, having been founded and edited by MA graduates of NUI Galway and Uversity. It provides an internet platform that showcases poetry to the world. Galway, Ireland is its spiritual home.


Neil Slevin — Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder 

Neil Slevin MA, BSc is a writer from Co. Leitrim, Ireland whose poetry has been published widely. He is passionate about writing and editing. Neil edited Sin’s entertainment section and culture column, Resonate. He teaches second-level English.

“I want poetry that feels – each poem to have its own personality and voice. Writing that experiments and challenges our preconceptions of poetry, that looks forward. Don’t pay tribute to poets past; hit me with concision, directness, ‘new.’

“See our 2018 and 2019 Best of the Net nominations for some of my personal favourites.”


Megan Sullivan — Associate Editor and Social Media Manager

Megan moved to Galway to do the MA in Literature and Publishing and liked the city so much that she decided to stay and brave another rainy winter. She has a BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies from Dún Laoghaire’s IADT. While at NUI Galway, Megan was part of the editorial and social media teams for ROPES and thoroughly enjoyed reading contributors’ work and discussing it with them.


Aldas Krūminis — Social Media Assistant

Aldas is a published poet living in Dublin, Ireland. Having earned his MA in Creative Writing, he is working to earn himself the title of novelist and a career as a full-time writer. Learn more here.

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Hana Nemeckova — Contributor

Hana is from Prague, Czech Republic. She moved to Galway to get her MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway and it looks like she is going to stay. She is interested in editing and proofreading, as well as translation from Czech to English and vice versa.


Áine Ni Mhaoileoin — Co-Founder and Contributor

Áine is a Galway-based writer of fiction and drama. After completing an MA in Writing at NUI Galway, she co-founded Dodging The Rain. An avid reader and writer, she is working, slowly but surely, on a number of longer projects with a view to publication.


Dana Rabe — Co-Founder and Contributor

Dana Rabe is young enough to admit her age and old enough to know better. She is a Nebraska native who has lost a good portion of her heart to Ireland, specifically Galway. Currently based in the Silicon Prairie she is a writer of fiction and drama and a dabbler in other areas. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota with a double major in theatre and English and of Uversity’s Creative Process MA class of 2016, she has not yet been published anywhere but here.


Rebecca Spicer — Co-Founder and Contributor 

Rebecca is Galway born, Michigan raised. She is currently living in Galway and trying not to go mad from the dreary winters. She has a BA and MA in writing. Maybe one day she’ll be able to earn enough to make those letters mean something but until then she divides her time between a 9-5 job and her writing.


7 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey there, I found you guys on Twitter, and came in here to check it out. I love love love what you’re doing here. And I can strongly relate to Neil’s approach regarding poetry. So liberating. And run a membership site for poets where I’m giving support with exactly this same philosophy. Keep up the good work!


  2. Dia dhuit! = Hello! I have just discovered your site through Susan Richardson, a great writer who follows my blog. Congrats for this lovely project. I will keep track of you. My name is Marta Pombo Sallés and I come from Catalonia. I do not speak Irish, but as a strong defender of minorised languages I found these words for you: Go raibh maith agat. = Thank you. 🌠

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