Published on October 1, 2013  

Samford University hosted acclaimed Irish poet Joan McBreen Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in University Center’s Howard Room. McBreen’s poetry is rooted in vivid, evocative images of the Irish landscape, recalling the work of Paul Muldoon and Seamus Heaney. The most recent of her four collections of poetry is Heather Island.

In addition to her own writing, McBreen is a central figure in the preservation and translation of contemporary Irish poets. She is a significant anthologist of Irish poetry whose work includes The White Page / An Bhileog Bhán—Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets and The Watchful Heart – A New Generation of Irish Poets – Poems and Essays.

McBreen’s free public reading at Samford is part of the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE) Visiting Writers Series.
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