A Showcase Event with the Inaugural Eavan Boland Emerging Poet 2022 Awardees

9th June 2022

A Showcase Event with the Inaugural Eavan Boland Emerging Poet 2022 Awardees Lauren Green and Emma Tobin.

U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin hosted the Inaugural Eavan Boland Emerging Poet 2022 showcase event at the American Ambassador’s Residence, Phoenix Park on the evening of Wednesday 8 June. Clíodhna Ní Anluain acted as Master of Ceremonies. At the showcase the Eavan Boland Emerging Poet 2022 Awards were presented to Lauren Green and Emma Tobin by judges Paula Meehan and Jane Hirshfield.  Tributes were paid to Eavan Boland and her legacy by Eavan Casey, daughter of Eavan Boland, as well as by Nessa O’Mahony and Paula Meehan, and many others.  

The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award is a celebration of Eavan Boland’s enduring impact in both Ireland and the United States, particularly on the rising poets whose work she fiercely championed.  The award is a partnership between the U.S. Embassy, Poetry Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trinity College Dublin, and Stanford University.    

The award scheme creates an annual opportunity for two emerging poets, each of whom received €1,700, as well as three mentoring sessions by leading poets. The 2022 inaugural mentoring sessions were given by torrin a.greathouse and Mary Szybist over the course of four months.

More than 200 poets submitted work during the entry period between late September and early November 2021. It was open to emerging poets who have not yet published a first full collection, but are working towards it, or a performance equivalent.

Inaugural Eavan Boland Emerging Poet 2022 Awardees Emma Tobin and Lauren Green with U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin. 

Inaugural Eavan Boland Emerging Poet 2022 Awardees
Emma Tobin is a 24-year-old poet from Newbridge, Co Kildare. Emma has an MA and an MFA in Creative Writing, and is currently a PhD student at University College Dublin.

Lauren Green is currently based in New York City. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, and Joyland, amongst other publications. Her chapbook, A Great Dark House, is forthcoming from the Poetry Society of America.

ADJUDICATORS: Jane Hirschfield & Paula Meehan
Award-winning poet, essayist, and translator Jane Hirshfield is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Ledger (2020); The Beauty (2015), longlisted for the National Book Award; Come, Thief (2011), a finalist for the PEN USA Poetry Award; and Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Hirshfield is also the author of two collections of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (2015), and has edited and co-translated four books collecting the work of world poets from the past: The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan (1990); Women in Praise of the Sacred: Forty-Three Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women (1994); Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems (2004); and The Heart of Haiku (2011)

Irish poet and playwright Paula Meehan was born in working class Dublin and earned degrees from Trinity College and Eastern Washington University. She is the author of the poetry collections Return and No Blame (1984); Reading the Sky (1986); The Man Who Was Marked by Winter (1991; US edition 1994); Pillow Talk (1994); Mysteries of the Home (1996); Dharmakaya (2001), which won a Denis Devlin Award; Six Sycamores (2004), with the artist Marie Foley; and Painting Rain (2009). Her plays for children and adults have been staged widely and performed for radio. Meehan has also held workshops with inner-city communities and in prisons. Her numerous honors and awards include the Marten Toonder Award, the Butler Literary Award, and the post of Ireland Professor of Poetry. In 2015, she was inducted into the Hennessy Hall of Fame for her achievements in poetry.

MENTORS: torrin a.greathouse & Mary Szybist
torrin a. greathouse (she/they) is a transgender cripple-punk and MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. Her work is published in POETRY, Ploughshares, New England Review, and The Kenyon Review. They have received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Effing Foundation for Sex Positivity, Zoeglossia, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She is the author Wound from the Mouth of a Wound (Milkweed Editions, 2020), winner of the 2022 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Mary Szybist grew up in Pennsylvania. She earned degrees from the University of Virginia and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Her first collection of poetry, Granted (2003), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the 2004 Great Lakes Colleges Associations New Writers Award. Her second book, Incarnadine (2013), won the National Book Award for Poetry. According to judge Kay Ryan, Syzbist’s “lovely musical touch is light and exact enough to catch the weight and grind of love. This is a hard paradox to master as she does.