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Winch, Terence



  • Existence: 1945 November 01-

Biographical Note

Terence Patrick Winch was born in 1945 in New York City to Patrick and Bridie Flynn Winch, who both emigrated from Ireland. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Iona College in 1967 and a Master's degree from Fordham University in 1969. In the 1970s Winch worked for Dover Publications as a copywriter and Corcoran School of Art as an instructor and artist-in-residence. He published a number of poetry chapbooks and became part of a poetry movement called Mass Transit. He also founded Some of Us Press with Michael Lally in 1971. Winch performed in various bands, starting with The Fast Flying Vestibule, which released an album in 1976. He went on to form the traditional Irish band Celtic Thunder with his brother, Jesse Winch, in 1977, and they recorded three albums together. Starting in 1998, Winch performed with Narrowbacks. Winch worked for the Smithsonian Institution from 1985 to 2009, as head of the publications departments for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. In 2009 he served as the Poet-In-Residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literary Society, and for many years was a host on the Society's interview television series The Writing Life, during which he interviewed many Irish and Irish-American writers. Winch published eight books of his own poetry. He is the recipient of an American Book Award (1986), a Columbia Book Award (1995), National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1992), and five Maryland State Arts Council Grants.

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Terence Winch papers


The Terence Winch papers document the life and career of an Irish-American poet, writer, and musician, through correspondence, manuscript and typescript drafts, handmade books, audio and video recordings, flyers, posters, clippings, and photographs. Topics include the poetry scenes of Washington, DC and New York City towards the end of the 20th century; modern Irish-American literature and history; and Irish-American music.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Audiovisual recordings and digital content on media have been digitally copied; all original media was retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: 1960-2017; Majority of material found within 1970 - 2010