Janna Knittel In 2015, the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies presented the nineteenth annual Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry to Paula Meehan of Dublin. Meehan, the author of six books of poems and several plays, was elected to Aosdána, the Irish Academy for the Arts, in 1996. Currently, she holds a threeyear appointment as Ireland Professor of Poetry. While in Minnesota to receive the O'Shaughnessy Award, she took time to sit down with poet Janna Knittel for a farranging conversation. Their conversation took place on April 24, 2015, in the university's Luann Dummer Center for Women. JANNA KNITTEL: Thanks so much for taking time to meet with me, and congratulations again on the award. You've received many honors over the course of your career; perhaps you can start by talking a bit about what this sort of recognition means to a working poet. PAULA MEEHAN: Well, I am very conscious that the first recipient of this award was Eavan Boland. She has been a profound influence, in terms of being a poet in the world. It was really important to me when I first came across her work. It was at a time when I
New Hibernia Review – Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas
Published: Apr 15, 2016
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