24 September 1944 - 27 April 2020
Eavan Boland was born in Dublin and spent part of her childhood in London and New York where her father served as a diplomat. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a degree in English and Latin in 1966 and married fellow writer Kevin Casey in 1969. Writing about her struggle to establish herself as a female poet in the male-dominated realm of Irish poetry, Boland used her marginality to her advantage, charting the previously uncelebrated territory of ordinary women's lives, expressing the hidden life of her own experience of suburbia and of her relationships with her husband and daughters. Her collections of poetry include New Territory (1967), The War Horse (1975), In her Own Image (1980), The Journey and Other Poems (1987), Night Feed (1982), Outside History (1990), and In a Time of Violence (1994). Her Collected Poems (1995) appeared in a new edition in 2005. Eavan Boland was also a professor at Stanford University and the director of the Creative Writing Programme there.