NM State Senator & Author Bill O'Neill

New Mexico State Senator, author, and Cornell alum Bill O'Neill will read from his books "The Definition of Empty" and "Short Session." Both books will be available for sale & signing by the author.

About the Author

Bill O’Neill grew up in rural Ohio and graduated from Cornell University. Elected to the New Mexico Legislature in 2008 he is now in his second term in the New Mexico State Senate. His poems have appeared in numerous literary reviews, both regional and national. Bill’s career has been framed by his work with nonprofits, with a focus on incarcerated juveniles and adults. In 2005 Governor Bill Richardson appointed him Executive Director of the NM Juvenile Parole Board. Named an Emerging Leader in 2016 by the University Of Virginia’s Darden School, he credits his early literary inspiration to mentors E.L. Doctorow and V.B. Price.

About the Books

Praise for The Definition of Empty: “Bill O’Neill’s poems are graceful, fluid, and revealing. They are powerful and tender in the same breath, but this ain’t no sit-around, clap-your-hands, feel-good poetry. The Definition of Empty is holistically intoxicating, laced with acts of forgiveness and compassion, so much of what is needed in the world right now.”—Levi Romero, Inaugural Poet Laureate of New Mexico Praise for Short Session:

"A fast-paced, wisecracking look at life as a fundraiser and would-be senator. From his insider's perch, O'Neill charts the highs and lows and the compromises involved on the campaign trail, from mudslinging mailshots to photo-shopped teeth. The voice is sharp and self-aware, and the dialogue crackles like kindling. A terrific read."—JJ Amaworo Wilson, Author of Nazaré and Damnificados

Event date: 
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
215 N. Cayuga Street
Dewitt Mall
Ithaca, NY 14850
Short Session Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952204043
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This item cannot be returned.)
Published: Red Mountain Press - January 5th, 2021

The Definition of Empty: Poems (Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826362230
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of New Mexico Press - February 15th, 2021