Eavan Boland: A Critical Legacy

Rooms 328-329, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Perhaps no teacher has more profoundly shaped the investments of contemporary poetry than Eavan Boland, director from 1996 until her death in 2020 of the Stegner Program at Stanford and a frequent faculty member at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. Comprised of former students, colleagues, and critics, this panel assesses Boland’s legacy as a teacher and writer, focusing in particular on her enduring vision of what poetry can and should achieve in a contentious world.

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Christopher Kempf is the author of the poetry collections Late in the Empire of Men (Four Way, 2017) and What Though the Field Be Lost (LSU, 2021), as well as the scholarly book Craft Class: The Workshop in American Culture (Johns Hopkins, 2022). A former Stegner Fellow, he teaches at Illinois.

Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of three poetry collections, Imperial Liquor (Pitt Poetry Series 2020), National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Darktown Follies (Tupelo 2013), winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Red Summer (Tupelo 2006), winner of the Dorset Prize.

Esther Lin was born in Brazil and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She was a 2022 artist in residence at Cité internationale, a 2020 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow, and author of The Ghost Wife (PSA).

Bruce Snider is the author of three poetry collections—Fruit; Paradise, Indiana; and The Year We Studied Women. He is also coeditor of The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice. He teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

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