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Poet offers Irish, feminist perspective

- April 10, 2006

Internationally known Irish poet Eavan Boland will offer a public reading of her work at the Nafe Katter Theatre on Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

Admission is free.

The reading is part of this year’s Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Memorial Irish Literature Program, which was started by her husband, political science professor emeritus Louis L. Gerson, and their children.

Boland, born in Dublin in 1944, will share the Irish, feminist perspective that characterizes her work.

Her poetry often explores the imperfections that pervade modern relationships – a theme that runs through her eight published volumes of poetry, including the most recent collection, Against Love Poetry (2001).  

She has received the Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry and the American Ireland Fund Literary Award.

Boland is director of Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program. She is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters and the Irish Arts Council board.

She has been a writer-in-residence at Trinity College, Dublin and Univeristy College, Dublin.

She regularly writes reviews for the Irish Times.

She also has been a Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

A question-and-answer session will follow the reading.

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