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Eavan Boland

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.


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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.


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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.


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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


Eavan Boland