Noted Irish Poet-Scholar Eamonn Wall Named 2014 Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Chair of Irish Studies

Wall, an Internationally Recognized Poet, Becomes the 16th Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Poet-Scholar Eamon Wall New Heimbold Chair

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has selected noted Irish poet and scholar Eamonn Wall as the 2014 Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Chair of Irish Studies in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The prolific author of six volumes of poetry and two essay collections in addition to numerous stories and essays, Wall will teach an Honors Poetry Writing Workshop and an Irish-American Fiction seminar during the spring semester. The visiting artist-in-residence program offers Irish Studies students the enriching experience of a close classroom experience with one of Ireland’s finest literary voices. 

“We are fortunate this year to have with us a great Irish-born poet of the diaspora, who writes as much of U.S. landscapes as he does of the Irish ones, “ Joseph Lennon, director of Villanova’s Irish Studies Program said. “Both a poet and a scholar, Eamonn Wall melds Irish and American sensibilities in his poetry, as Colum McCann does in prose.”

A native of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland, Wall attended University College, Dublin, earning a B.A. in English and history and a diploma in education. After moving to the United States in the early 1980s, Wall took a M.A. from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York—Graduate Center.  He presently serves as the Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and English at University of Missouri—St. Louis and is a past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Wall regularly publishes poetry, short fiction, and reviews in The Review of Contemporary FictionWashington Post Book WorldThe Chicago TribuneThe Irish Times, CriticismEire-IrelandShenandoahIrish HeraldNew Hibernia Review, and the Irish Literary Supplement.

”It is both an honor and a thrill to be selected as the Heimbold Chair for 2014. I am excited at the prospect of being part of the Villanova community,” Wall said.

“As an immigrant myself, I am always interested in how writers write about immigration and how readers respond to such work. Always, I like to listen carefully to what students have to say,” he added.

The Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Chair of Irish Studies, inaugurated in 2000, has become one of the most prestigious Irish Studies positions in the United States. Former holders of the Heimbold Chair include luminaries from the Irish arts including Peter Fallon, Nuala NiDhomhnaill, Eamon Greenan, Marina Carr, Vona Groarke, Conor O’Callaghan, Michael Coady, Sebastian Barry, Justin Quinn and Claire Keegan, Gerald Dawe, John McAuliffe, Moya Cannon, Hugh Hamilton and Mary O’Malley.

Villanova’s Irish Studies program, approaching its 35th anniversary, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest undergraduate curriculums of its type.  For more information about Villanova’s Irish Studies Program, contact Dr. Joseph Lennon at

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