Eavan Boland

Irish poet EAVAN BOLAND came of age in a land still tormented by “the troubles,” and under the influence of an ancient bardic tradition dominated by giant male figures like William Butler Yeats.  In her memoir, A Journey with Two Maps, she writes movingly of her struggle to forge an identity for herself as a woman poet in the shadow of that imposing tradition.  When she went looking for other models her search led her to contemporary women poets writing in America, where she now lives and teaches much of the year.  Boland’s books of poetry include New Collected Poems (2008), Domestic Violence (2007), Against Love Poetry (2001), The Lost Land (1998), An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-1987 (1996), In a Time of Violence (1994), Outside History: Selected Poems 1980-1990 (1990), The Journey and Other Poems (1986), Night Feed (1982), and In Her Own Image (1980). 


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Reading and Conversation
Eavan Boland, Terrance Hayes, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Prudential Hall

Conversation: Crossing Boundaries
Dan Bellm, Eavan Boland, Nikky Finney, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
First Peddie Baptist Memorial Church

Richard Blanco, Eavan Boland, Henri Cole, Sharon Dolin, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Fanny Howe, Kurtis Lamkin, Dorianne Laux, Ada Limón, Thomas Lux, Rachel McKibbens, Taylor Mali, Joseph Millar, Idra Novey, Gregory Orr, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Patricia Smith, Arthur Sze, Larissa Szporluk, Natasha Trethewey, C.K. Williams, Raúl Zurita
Prudential Hall


Festival Poet Readings
Amiri Baraka, Eavan Boland, Juan Felipe Herrera, Dorianne Laux, Rachel McKibbens
Prudential Hall

Conversation: Going Public with Private Feelings
Richard Blanco, Eavan Boland, Henri Cole
North Star Academy Great Room

Poets on Poetry
Eavan Boland
Prudential Hall


Festival Poets Reading
Eavan Boland, Eduardo C. Corral, Timothy Liu
First Peddie Baptist Memorial Church

Conversation: Poetry and Working Life
Eavan Boland, Dorianne Laux, Philip Levine, Joseph Millar
Prudential Hall

Conversation: On Craft
Eavan Boland
Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral


Conversation: Where We're From: A Sense of Place
Eavan Boland, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Philip Levine
North Star Academy Great Room

Readings & Music
Juan Felipe Herrera, Natasha Trethewey, Gregory Orr, Eavan Boland, Amiri Baraka, Philip Levine
Prudential Hall