Preeminent Irish Poet Visits Colorado State University Nov. 12; Community Invited to Reading and Reception

Eavan Boland, Ireland’s preeminent woman poet, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University.

A reception and book signing will follow the reading in the University Club of the student center. The events are free and open to the public. Boland’s visit is part of Colorado State’s International Week as well as the Creative Writing Program’s 1998-99 Reading Series.

Boland is the author of nine poetry collections, including "In a Time of Violence," "The Lost Land," "Outside History" and "An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems, 1967-1987." In addition, she has published a memoir titled "Object Lessons: The Life of a Woman Poet in Our Time."

"Boland has an outstanding international reputation," said Mary Crow, Colorado’s poet laureate and Colorado State English professor. "She is known for her innovation, including her ability to write candidly about women’s experiences."

Boland has received several honors, including a Lannan Foundation Poetry Award and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She has taught at many universities and is currently a professor of English at Stanford University, where she also heads the Creative Writing Program. While not in residence at Stanford, she lives in Dublin with her husband and two daughters.

This event is the first in a series of readings by internationally recognized writers organized by Crow and underwritten by a three-year grant from the Lilla B. Morgan Foundation. Other sponsors include the Lory Student Center, the Organization of Graduate Student Writers through the Associated Students of Colorado State University, Fort Fund of the city of Fort Collins, University Park Holiday Inn, Colorado State’s Office of International Programs, Colorado State’s College of Liberal Arts and Colorado State’s English department.

For more information, call (970) 491-3790.