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.

“See our 2018, 2019, and 2020 Best of the Net nominations for some of my favourites. Justin Boening’s Then After is my favourite poem, while DTR regular John Grey has made a fine attempt to summarise what I’m looking for.”


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. 

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!

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  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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