Dodging The Rain has evolved into a poetry journal, having been founded and edited by MA graduates of NUI Galway (Áine Ni Mhaoileoin, Rebecca Spicer, and Neil Slevin) and Uversity (Dana Rabe) in 2016. It provides an internet platform that showcases poetry to the world. Galway, Ireland is its spiritual home.
Neil Slevin — Editor-in-Chief
Neil Slevin MA, BSc is from Co. Leitrim, Ireland. His poetry has been published widely and 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.’
“I lean towards first-person poems with intense or unreliable narrators, third-person poems that are remarkably precise, and poetic experiments that will surprise and/or engage our readers.
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 further rainy winters. 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.
Shauna Smullen — Social Media Assistant
Shauna Smullen is a Dublin native. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from UCD, where she also worked as editor of Creative Non-Fiction on the HCE Review. She is a writer of short stories, which she performs at open mic nights across Dublin. Shauna also has a background in publishing, having worked with The Lilliput Press in 2018. Most recently, she worked as sub-editor on Dr. Rachael Hegarty’s new anthology Making Sense of Finglas, which was released on Poetry Day 2020.