Iva Yates’s PhD project is titled Fire of Thought: a novel and critical analysis. She uses the mythology and folklore associated with Áine, specifically that relating to the area of Lough Gur in Co. Limerick, to construct the plot of a contemporary, literary novel. The reflective analytical response aims to examine contemporary uses of mythology and folklore in contemporary and popular literature, and to establish an Irish-Puerto Rican connection through literature. She is co-supervised by Prof Margaret Harper and Prof Joseph O’Connor.
She holds a BA in English from Boston College, a MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Sacred Heart, and a MA in English Literary Studies from the University of York. She is the author of an artist’s book, Algunas aberraciones y un orgasmo (Some aberrations and an orgasm) and the unedited book of short stories Formaldehido y otros cuentos (Formaldehyde and other stories). Her short fiction has appeared in The Ogham Stone, Contratiempo, Letras Salvajes, and Claridad.
Current teaching responsibilities include leading the undergraduate module in Creative Writing as well as tutorials in the English department. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org