Essays

  • “The Poetry of Accumulation: Irish American Fables of Resistance.” Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien eds. Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne and Beyond. Manchester: Manchester University Pres, 2017, 105-116.
  • “The Habit of Land: Eavan Boland’s Irish American Voice.” Siobhan Campbell and Nessa O’ Mahony eds. Eavan Boland: Inside History.  Dublin: Arlen House & Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2017, 221-244.
  • “My Aunts at the Card Table: Ways of Remembering the Rising.” New Hibernia Review, Vol. 20, Number 4, Geimhreadh/Winter 2016, 9-16.
  • “Coleridge: Walking, Contemplation, Writing.” Saeko Yoshikawa and Eamonn Wall eds. POETICA (Japan), 2016, 97-114.
  • “But His Study Is Out-of-Doors: Tim Robinson’s Place in Irish Studies.” Christine Cusick and Derek Gladwin eds. Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture, and Environment. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016, 147-157.
  • “The Use of Memory: Michael Coady’s All Souls.” Catherine E. Paul ed. Writing Modern Ireland. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press, 2015, 116-127.
  • “The Hungry Voice.” New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature, Winter 2014, 11-13
  • “Mine Was a Midwest Home: William Stafford’s Kansas.” Eva Bourke, Megan Buckley, Louis de Paor eds. Watching My Hands at Work: A Festschrift for Adrian Frazier. Salmon Publishing, 2013, 86-95.
  • “Deep Maps: Reading Tim Robinson’s Maps of Aran.” Terrain.org. Spring/Summer, 2012, 29. Read here.
  • “Dinnseanchas.” Berfrois, March 17, 2011. Read here.
  • “Literary and Arts Heritage”. Colm Tóibín ed. Enniscorthy: A History. Wexford: Wexford County Council Public Library Service, 2011, 317-31.
  • “Digging into the West: Tim Robinson’s Deep Landscapes.” Pascale Guibert ed. Reflective Landscapes of the Anglophone Countries. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011, 133-45.
  • “Wings Beating on Stone: Richard Murphy’s Ecology.” Christine Cusick ed. Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts. Cork: Cork University Press, 2010, 5-19.
  • “Walking: Tim Robinson’s Stones of Aran.” New Hibernia Review. Vol. 12, 3, Fomhar/Autumn 2008, 66-79.
  • “Plato’s Republic to Rivers’ Five Spot: Poets Among Painters.” Pascale Guibert ed. LISA, Issue on Poetry and Painting, University of Caen, France, 2007, 26-38.
  • “Interview with Brian Moore: 1990.” Nua: Studies in Contemporary Irish Literature, Fall 2006, 97-110.
  • “From the EL to Axel’s: Irish Poets Stateside.” in Michael G. Begnal ed. A Festschrift for James Liddy. Galway: Arlen House, 2006, 23-32.
  • “What in the World: Reading Rory Gallagher’s Blues.” An Sionnach: A Journal of Literature, Arts and Culture, 2, 1, 2006, 95-108.
  • “From Macchu Picchu to Inis Oir: The Poetry of Mary O’ Malley.” South Carolina Review. Volume 38, 1, Fall 2005, 118-127.
  • “James Liddy: Poet & Editor.” An Sionnach: A Journal of Literature, Arts and Culture, 1, 32-40, 2005.
  • “A Grafted Tongue: John Montague’s Collected Poems.” Thomas Dillon Redshaw ed. Well Dreams: John Montague Life & Work. Creighton University Press, 2004, 363-375.
  • “Irish Poetry in the Twentieth Century,” “Irish Fiction in the Twentieth Century,” and “Literature and Culture in Ireland 1800-2000.” James S. Donnelly ed. The Encyclopedia of Ireland. New York: Thomson/Gale, 2004, 37-42, 253-55, 528-30.
  • “Patrick Kavanagh,” “The Great Hunger,” “James Liddy.” Brian Lalor ed. The Encyclopedia of Ireland. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003, 457, 576, 629.
  • “The Short Fiction of Michael Stephens.” in Patrick Meanor and Richard E. Lee eds. American Short Story Writers Since World War II. Third Series. Farmington Hills, Michigan: 2000, 279-84.
  • “Winds Blowing from a Million Directions: Colum McCann”s Songdogs.” in Charles Fanning ed. New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000, 281-88.
  • “Homers Away from Home.” in George O’Brien ed. Playing the Field: Irish Writers on Sport. Dublin, Ireland: New Island Books, 2000, 23-36.
  • “The Living Stream: John McGahern’s Amongst Women and Irish Writing in the 1990s.” Studies, 1999, 71-76.
  • “Sitting on Benches in America.” Five Fingers Review 18, 1999, 50-58.
  • “Thomas McGonigle,” “Michael Stephens,” “Sara Berkeley,” “Gerard Donovan,” and “Michael Heffernan.” Michael Glazier ed. The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America, University of Notre Dame Press, 1999.
  • “The Long Journey Home to Brooklyn: Michael Stephens’s Books of the Dead.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Summer, 1999, 355-63.
  • “Even Better Than the Real Thing: Brian Moore’s The Great Victorian Collection.” Colby Quarterly, Winter, 1998, 304-13.
  • “The Black Hills, The Gorey Road.” New Hibernia Review, Winter, 1998, 9-23.
  • “The Irish Voice in American Fiction.” Michael Coffey ed. The Irish in America. New York, Hyperion Books, 1997. This book is the companion volume to the documentary of the same name. The documentary was broadcast on PBS in January, 1998.
  • “Irish Voices, American Writing and Green Cards.” Forkroads: A Journal of Ethnic American Literature. Summer 1996, 66-75.
  • “Exile, Attitude, the Sin-e Café: Notes on the New Irish.” Eire-Ireland. Winter 1996, 7-17.
  • “It is Midnight in Dublin and Europe Is at War: Patrick Kavanagh’s Poems of ‘The Emergency’” Colby Quarterly, Winter 1995, 233-41.
  • “Kavanagh’s Sonnets: From Lough Derg to the Grand Canal.” Kavanagh Journal, 1995, 47-56.
  • “Aidan Higgins’s Balcony of Europe: Stephen Dedalus Hits the Road.” Colby Quarterly, Winter 1995, 81-87.
  • “Derek Mahon,” “John Montague,” “Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill.” Steven Serafin ed. Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century. New York: Continuum, 1993 & 1999.

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 Program.