Irish Poet Eavan Boland to Give Reading at Yale
Poet Eavan Boland will be at Yale on February 7 for a Master’s Tea at Jonathan Edwards College, 100 Tower Parkway, at 4 p.m. and to read from her work in Rm. 101 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the Yale Department of English and Jonathan Edwards College, both events are free and open to the public.
Born in Dublin in 1944, Boland is one of Ireland’s premier contemporary poetic voices. Her ten books of poetry—including this year’s “New Collected Poems” (W.W. Norton and Company), joining “An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967–87” — document the challenges of modern identity, filtered through lenses of Irish history, femininity and the trials of the everyday. In her poem “The Pomegranate,” Boland writes of her first encounter with the Eurydice myth as “an exiled child in the crackling dust of/ the underworld, the stars blighted.”
She has taught at Bowdoin and Washington University, and has been Writer in Residence at Trinity College and University College Dublin. She is on the board of the Irish Arts Council and a member of the Irish Academy of Letters, and is on the advisory board of the International Writers Center at Washington University. She currently teaches English at Stanford.