Eavan Boland and High School Prize Winners


Hailed as Ireland’s greatest woman writer, Eavan Boland has published over a dozen volumes of poetry. In work that is feminist, political, and deeply human, Boland applies her extraordinary lyric power to themes of family, history, myth, Irish landscape and poetry. Booklist saluted her as “a feminist Dante, an Irish Adrienne Rich,” and later proclaimed: “If Yeats and Sylvia Plath had a love child, she would be Eavan Boland.” The Times Literary Supplement praised her New Collected Poems as the “finest evidence ever assembled of the escape from the grip of a tradition.” Boland divides her time between Dublin and Palo Alto, where she directs the creative writing program at Stanford University.

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