Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award Announced

27th April 2021

The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award is an award for two emerging poets, one from Ireland and one from the United States. An initiative of Poetry Ireland and Stanford University, the Award has been made possible with the generous support of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Ireland. It was announced today (27 April), as part of a special tribute event to Eavan on the one-year anniversary of her death. 

Each poet will receive €1,700, as well as three intensive mentoring sessions by leading poets over the course of four months.  

Applications for the Award will open on 24 September 2021 (Eavan’s 77th birthday) and will close on 5 November at 12 noon. 

Eavan was a relentless advocate for emerging poets, particularly those whose work risked being overlooked. She was a poet revolutionary, a searing talent, and a formidable artist. To her peers, students, and readers, she was an exemplar of courage, generosity, and unfailing friendship.   

Despite her passing on 27 April 2020, Eavan Boland’s presence remains as tangible as ever. Her impact on the rising generation of Irish and American poets continues to grow, as more and more readers discover her work, and begin writing poems of their own. The poets she personally mentored continue to write and publish new work, and themselves teach a new generation. These floods of emerging poets are now stepping into a world shaped by her seismic legacy on both sides of the Atlantic. 

For more details of the Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award, visit the dedicated page in our Opportunites Section