Shifting Ground: Irish Poetry in a Time of Change

2017 John Coffin Memorial Annual Irish Studies Lecture

In the last hundred years Ireland has seen seismic changes in its social and political worlds. How did these changes come to be reflected or resisted in Irish poetry? Did the identity of the Irish poet shift with the society? Or did Irish poetry remain merely at the edge of change? 

The Melvin and Bill Land Professor at Stanford University, Eavan Boland has been writer in residence at Trinity College and University College Dublin. She was poet in residence at the National Maternity Hospital during its 1994 Centenary. She has also been the Hurst Professor at Washington University and Regent's Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is on the board of the Irish Arts Council and a member of the Irish Academy of Letters. She is on the advisory board of the International Writers Center at Washington University. She has published ten volumes of poetry, the most recent being New Collected Poems (2008) and Domestic Violence (2007) and An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-87 (1996) with W.W. Norton. She has received the Lannan Award for Poetry and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She has published two volumes of prose: Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time and A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet which won a 2012 PEN Award for creative nonfiction.

Professor Eavan Boland
Event date: 
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 6:00pm
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