Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Irish Poet

Author Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, born in 1942, is married to Macdara Woods; they have a son, Niall. With Leland Bardwell and Pearse Hutchinson, they are founder editors of the literary review Cyphers. She has published six collections of poetry; her awards include the Patrick Kavanagh Prize. Educated in Cork and Oxford, she is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, and a member of Aosdána.

The collections

Acts and Monuments (1972), Site of Ambush (1975), The Second Voyage (1977, 1986), The Rose Geranium (1981) The Magdalene Sermon (1989) and The Brazen Serpent (1994).

Critical comments on Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's poetry

[Her work] "thrives on the creepings, rustlings and imperceptible burgeonings of life which are the opposite of sureness and solidity".
--- Clair Wills, TLS

"Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin employes a poetic point of view that is displaced, unspecified, and often enigmatic; her poetry resonates with ancient rites and presences from a spiritual otherworld. She is a unique poet who has influenced younger writers, broadened the scope of Irish poetry, and earned her place among the very best poets of her generation."
--- Citation for the O'Shaughnessy Award of the Irish-American Cultural Institute, 1992

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's poetry is published in Ireland by
Gallery Press, Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath
and in America by Wake Forest University Press, North Carolina.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin may be contacted at
Cyphers, 3 Selskar Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland.

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