Irish poet and Nobel Prize-winner in Literature Seamus Heaney wrote, "There is something second-sighted about Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's work. Her poems see things anew, in a rinsed and dreamstruck light."
About the author
Ní Chuilleanáin was born in Cork in 1942, the daughter of a novelist and a college professor. Ní Chuilleanáin grew up on the campus of University College Cork, where her mother was professor of Irish. She graduated from that institution in 1962, with a B.A. in English and history, followed by a master's in English in 1964. She later studied at Oxford.
She is Associate Professor of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts (Letters), and a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. She edits the literary journal, Cyphers, with two other poet-editors, including her husband, MacDara Woods. She and her husband have a son, Niall.
Ní Chuilleanáin often is cited not only as a major poet in the generation after Kinsella, Montague and Murphy, but also as the foremost female poet now writing in Ireland and Great Britain.
She won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for her first book, "Acts and Monuments" (1966), which was followed by "Site of Ambush" (1975), both published by the Gallery Press. Selections from these two books, published by Wake Forest University Press as "The Second Voyage" (1977), were re-issued in 1991 in a revised version, complementary to a new book, "The Magdalene Sermon and Earlier Poems." "The Magdalene Sermon" was chosen as one of the three best books of poetry of 1989 by the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Poetry Book Prize Committee.
Wake Forest published "The Brazen Serpent" in 1995, and included many of her poems in "The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women's Poetry," 1967-2000, which came out in 1999. She and Medbh McGuckian translated the poems of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill in "The Water Horse" (2001), and her most recent volume is "The Girl Who Married the Reindeer" (2002). Wake Forest published her "Selected Poems" this year.
In 1992, she was awarded the prestigious O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award by The Irish American Cultural Institute, which called her "among the very best poets of her generation."
Other Irish poets Emmitt has brought to campus are Ciaran Carson, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill.
IF YOU GO
Reading by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
7 p.m. Tuesday
Vahlkamp Theatre, Centre College