Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland

Past Event: Monday, March 3, 2008

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Supported by the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation.

Eavan Boland is one of the foremost female voices in Irish literature. Author of ten volumes of poetry and several books of prose, her work is noted for its attention to the daily lives of women—wives and mothers, in particular. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1944, Boland published her first poems in 1962, sparking a revolution in writing: “What was radical,” Boland says, “was that the objects of a literature became, in a short space of time, the authors of it. When women began to write the Irish poem, and made it answer to their lives, that was both renewing and disruptive.” Her most recent book, Domestic Violence, explores the tension between our instincts to nurture and our instincts toward violence, or, as she says, “the distance between living and imagining.” Boland’s awards include a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She is a professor of English at Stanford University.