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Join the University Chair in Critical Thinking along with the Saint John's Pottery, CSB/SJU English Department and the College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute in welcoming Irish Poet Eamonn Wall to campus March 22, 2017. 




Award winning Irish writer, Eamonn Wall will read from and discuss his work 4-6 pm, Wednesday, March 22, at the Saint John’s Pottery. Sponsored by the Saint John’s Pottery, University Chair in Critical Thinking, Department of English and the Literary Arts Institute, Eamonn Wall’s visit and reading continues a recent tradition of bringing Irish and Irish American writers to campus for a program at the Pottery in honor of Colman O’Connell, OSB. 

A native of Enniscorty, County Wexford, Eamonn Wall was educated at University College Dublin, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the City University of New York, where he received a Ph.D. in English.  Today, he is the Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He is a past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and currently serves as a vice-president of Irish American Writers and Artists.

Eamonn Wall is the author of seven collections of poetry, Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions, a comparative study of the representation of the Irish and American West, and numerous essays, articles, and reviews of Irish, Irish-American and American writers. A voice of the Irish diaspora, Wall’s writing explores the themes of the Irish immigrant experience and the sense today of the in-between status of a Trans-Atlantic life.

A reception with a buffet and beverages will start at 4 pm and precede the program.  Irish music will be performed by our colleague, David Arnott. The program will start at 4:30. The event is open to the public. However, space is limited.  Please let us know if you plan to attend. In anticipation of his visit, we will be organizing a reading groups focusing on his most recent book, Junction City: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015