An Irish Poet & Feminist.
Early Life • • • •
Eavan was born in Dublin, September 24th, 1944. Her father was a career diplomat, while her mother was a noted post-expressionist painter. Boland’s father was appointed Irish Ambassador of the United Kingdom. She then had her first signs of anti-Irish sentiment, where she grew strong about her Irish heritage.
She wrote her first poem “An Irish Childhood in England, 1951.” She moved back to Dublin for school, and published a pamphlet of poetry consisting of 23 poems as an undergraduate, 1962. In 1966, she received her first class honours degree in English Literature. She later became a lecturer in the English department.
In 1969, she married Kevin Casey, a novelist, and had two children. Her experience as a mother and wife have inspired her to create many different poems. From the late 1960’s to the late 1980’s, Boland worked as a cultural journalist, writing reviews for the art section of the Irish Times, and other publications.
In the late 70’s and 80’s, she taught American college juniors part-time at the school of Irish Studies at the Ballsbridge section of Dublin. She still lives in the suburbs of Dublin. She is a professor of English in Stanford University where she directs the creative writing program.
Awards The awards she has won include; A Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry. An American Ireland Fund Literary Award. A Jacob’s Award in the Arts Programme. An honorary degree form Trinity College. A Corrington Medal for Literary Excellence Centenary College 2002. The Bucknell Medal of Distinction 2000 Bucknell University.
Teachings She has taught in such places like; Trinity College University College Bowdoin College A member of the writing program at the University of Iowa. A regular reviewer for The Irish Times.
Books Her book titles are; Against Love Poetry The Lost Land The War Horse In A Time Of Violence New Territory The journey & The Other Poems Night Feed In Her Own Image