2013 Featured Presenters

Seamus Heaney

Keynote speaker

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was born in 1939, about thirty miles northwest of Belfast in County Derry. He holds a degree in English from Queen’s University, Belfast, and a postgraduate teacher’s diploma from St. Joseph's College, Belfast. He has taught at Carysfort College, Harvard University, Oxford University, Queen’s University in Belfast, and University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and translations. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His most recent works include a translation of Beowulf; Opened Ground; District and Circle, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; Human Chain; and Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001.
(Photo credit: Jemimah Kuhfeld)

Derek Walcott

Keynote speaker

Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. He is the author of eight collections of plays and a book of essays. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. White Egrets is his fourteenth collection of poems. (Photo credit: Lia Chang)

Rosanna Warren

Keynote Moderator

Rosanna Warren

Rosanna Warren teaches English and Comparative Literature at Boston University. Her publications include a book of criticism, Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, and poetry collections Departure and Ghost in a Red Hat. She is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Lila Wallace Foundation, and the New England Poetry Club, among others. She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. (Photo credit: Mike Minehan)