Poetry Reading with Eamon Grennan
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Eamon Grennan came to the United States to earn his PhD at Harvard. He began writing poetry in earnest in 1977 and published his first collection, Wildly for Days, in 1983. Grennan was the Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Professor of English at Vassar College until his retirement in 2004.
In Grennan’s own words, his poems try “to marry speech patterns to musical language.” Poet Robert Wrigley noted, on awarding Grennan the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, that “Grennan would have us know—no, would have us see, feel, hear, taste and smell—that the world, moment by ordinary or agonizing moment, lies chock-full with its own clarifications and rewards.”
The author of more than 10 collections of poetry, Grennan has also written a book of essays, Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century (1999). He won the PEN Award for poetry in translation for Selected Poems of Giacomo Leopardi (1997), and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets for Still Life with Waterfall (2002). He has also won several Pushcart Prizes. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Eamon Grennan will read from his poetry on Tuesday, April 9th, at 4 p.m. in Room 218 of the Kaplan Family Library. His appearance is co-sponsored by the MSMC Division of Arts & Letters and Kaplan Library. Light refreshments will be served.
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