Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Professor emeritus in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin and winner of the 2020 Irish Times/Poetry Now Award, reads her poetry as part of Princeton University’s 2020-21 Fund for Irish Studies series.


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The Fund for Irish Studies affords all Princeton students, and the community at large, a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics, and economics not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” The series is produced by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the 2020-21 edition of the series is organized by Paul Muldoon.

The Fund for Irish Studies is generously sponsored by the Durkin Family Trust and the James J. Kerrigan, Jr. ’45 and Margaret M. Kerrigan Fund for Irish Studies.


Eilean smiling with long blonde graying hair

Photo by Patrick Redmond

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin was Ireland Professor of poetry, 2016-19. She is the author of numerous poetry collections, including The Mother House (2020); The Boys of Bluehill (2015), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection; The Sun-fish (2010), which won the International Griffin Poetry Prize; Selected Poems (2009); The Magdalene Sermon (1989), which was selected as one of the three best poetry volumes of the year by the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Poetry Book Prize Committee; and Acts and Monuments (1966), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. She translated two books by the Romanian poet Ileana Malancioiu, The Legend of the Walled-Up Wife (2012) and After the Raising of Lazarus (2005), as well as Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s The Water Horse (2001), co-translated with Medbh McGuckian. Ní Chuilleanáin’s work has been featured in several anthologies, including The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’​​​​​​​s Poetry, 1967–2000 (1999), edited by Peggy O’Brien. Since 1975 she has edited the literary magazine Cyphers, and she has also edited Poetry Ireland Review.

Ní Chuilleanáin’s honors include the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry in 1973; O’Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry from the Irish-American Cultural Institute in 1992; and election to Aosdána in 1996. The Sun-fish was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2009 and received the Griffin International Poetry Prize in Toronto in 2010. The Boys of Bluehill was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and the Pigott Prize. The Mother House received the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award in 2020.

Ní Chuilleanáin was born in Cork in 1942, educated at University College, Cork, and at Oxford. She is a Fellow and Professor emeritus in the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin.

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