"Derek Mahon, born in Belfast, is one of the most important Irish poets writing today. Mr. Mahon's rich, elegant, and elegiac poetry exemplifies the creative vitality of contemporary Irish verse. He has published more than 12 books of poetry, as well as several verse translations. Derek Mahon, who received a Lannan Poetry Fellowship, read from his Selected poems on March 8, 1994, and talked with Michael Silverblatt"--Container.
"Eavan Boland is a major Irish poet, and in her nine books of poetry she explores the relationship between gender, art, and national identity--'the meeting place between womanhood and history.' Eavan Boland read from In a time of violence and Outside history on November 16, 1994, in Los Angeles. She discussed her work with Los Angeles poet Eloise Klein Healy whose books include Artemis in Echo Park and Ordinary wisdom"--Container.