by Salmon Poetry
Navigating back and forth between cities and rural spaces, America
and Ireland, the ancient and modern, the classroom and home, Eamonn
Wall’s new collection presents a many-sided exploration
of a fine and fractured world. A centerpiece of Sailing Lake Mareotis
is “Actaeon’s Return,” a reworking of Ovid set
in a nightmarish Ireland of the future. In a gathering of lyrics,
sequences, satires, and flash-fictions, Eamonn Wall explores intricate
ways in which contemporary attitudes and practices honour and
defile what has been inherited from the past.
Praise for A Tour of Your Country:
Eamonn Wall has become one of the most prominent and exciting
contemporary voices of the Irish-American experience. He has an
intimate understanding of what it means to be neither here nor
there, and his words pull us toward new places. A Tour of Your
Country reminds us that we are all linked to foggy roads elsewhere,
and it celebrates displacement with the exuberant joy of a homecoming.
A hugely impressive collection. RTE Guide
Wall’s unique achievement is to understand that landscape
is culture. The book’s final poem, “Leaving Boise”,
though ostensibly describing a road-trip away from the city, stitches
personal experience into the wider history of Irish emigration.
Not only the US but Ireland is full of wonders and pleasures for
this generous writer. The Irish Times
Eamonn Wall is the author of six collections of poetry: Sailing
Lake Mareotis (2011) A Tour of Your Country
(2008), Refuge at De Soto Bend (2004), The
Crosses (2000), Iron Mountain Road (1997),
and Dyckman-200th Street (1994), all published
by Salmon Publishing in Ireland. His next collection, New
and Selected Poems, will be published by Salmon in 2014.
Individual poems have been published in The Shop, Poetry Ireland
Review, Cyphers, West47, TriQuarterly, Crab Orchard Review, South
Dakota Review, River Styx, The Recorder, New Hibernia Review,
Eire-Ireland, Nebraska Review, and other journals.
Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions
was published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2011.
“Bringing an ecocritical approach to seven contemporary
authors whose work is inspired by the West of Ireland, Wall breaks
new ground in transatlantic studies by drawing parallels between
representations of that region and the American West” (Isle).
“Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions,
Wall has distilled the earlier experience of geographical binarism
into an illuminating critical approach. His new book examines
contemporary Irish writing on the West of Ireland through the
wide-angle lens of cultural, critical, and literary writing on
the American West. Though his focus remains on the Irish writers,
apt evocations of American parallels enrich the texture of his
analysis” (Andrew Auge, New Hibernia Review).
“Wall’s meticulous and timely scholarship, which
incorporates recent texts such as Christine Cusick’s
Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts, ensures
the book’s status within the field of ecocriticism”
(Donna Potts, Irish Literary Supplement).
From the Sin-e Café to the Black Hills,
a collection of essays, was published by the University
of Wisconsin Press in 2000 and awarded the Michael J. Durkan
Prize by the American Conference for Irish Studies for excellence
Essays, articles, and reviews of Irish, Irish American, and American
writers have appeared in New Hibernia Review, Irish Literary Supplement,
The Irish Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, South Carolina
Review, An Sionnach, and other journals. Eamonn’s poetry
and prose has appeared in the following anthologies: The Book
of Irish-American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present;
Irish Writing in the 20th Century: A Reader; Wexford Through Its
Writers; Flood Stage, An Anthology of St. Louis Poets; The Big
Empty, Contemporary Nebraska Nonfiction Writers.
A longtime member of the American Conference for Irish Studies,
Eamonn Wall served as president of the organization from 2005-2007.
A native of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland, Eamonn Wall has
lived in the US since 1982. He was educated at University College,
Dublin; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and the City University
of New York-Graduate Center, where he received his Ph.D. in English.
Eamonn Wall lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and is Smurfit-Stone
Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English at the University
of Missouri-St. Louis. He teaches courses in Irish, Irish-American,
and British Literature, directs the UM-St. Louis Irish Summer
School in Galway, and serves as the director of the Irish Studies