Eavan Boland explores the relationship between gender, art, and national identity in her work. She was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1944 and educated in London, New York and Dublin. Her most recent book of poetry, Against Love Poems, concerns marriage and "the stoicism of dailyness" she explains. Of writing poetry she says,"I don't write a poem to express an experience. I write it to experience the experience." Boland first read for the Readings & Conversations series in 1994 and was a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry that year. A regular reviewer for the Irish Times, she has been a professor of English at Stanford University since 1995, and serves as the Director of Stanford’s Creative Writing Center.
Nicholas Jenkins is an assistant professor in the English Department at Stanford University. He writes about and teaches 20th-century culture and literature, especially poetry. Dr. Jenkins is currently completing two books on the poet, W.H. Auden.
Eavan Boland Reading & Conversation