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Press Release for Monday, February 26, 2007

An Evening with Irish Poet Eavan Boland

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Irish Studies at the University of North Florida and the UNF Women’s Center present Eavan Boland, one of Ireland’s greatest poets, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Robinson Theater on the UNF campus. She will present a reading from her poems. This event is free and open to the public.

Boland is currently the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in Humanities plus the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor as director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where she has taught since 1995. She has also been the Hurst Professor at Washington University, Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and writer in residence at Trinity College, Dublin, and University College, Dublin.

She has published eight volumes of poetry, the most recent being “In a Time of Violence” with W.W. Norton. Her poems appear frequently in journals such as The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The Atlantic and the Irish University Review. She serves on the board of the Irish Arts Council and is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters.

Boland has won numerous awards, including the Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry, an American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the Corrington Medal for Literary Excellence, the Bucknell Medal of Distinction and the Smartt Family Prize from the Yale Review.

For more information about this event, contact Irish Studies Program Director Richard Bizot at (904) 620-1272 or by e-mail at