Eamon Grennan is from Dublin and was educated at University College Dublin and Harvard University. Until his retirement, he was Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Professor of English at Vassar College, and he has also taught courses in the graduate writing programs of NYU and Columbia University. His poetry collections include Still Life With Waterfall, The Quick of It, Matter of Fact, Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems, and But The Body, and he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, and spends as much time as he can in the West of Ireland.
“Some poets transfigure the everyday, others depict it as mean, but Grennan—with fresh, accurate words and with feelings that ring true—gives us the fullness of it.”
“Few poets are as generous as Eamon Grennan in the sheer volume of delight his poems convey, and fewer still are as attentive to the available marvels of the earth.”
“Grennan is a writer of plainspoken reverence...whose effect is like afternoon light hitting ordinary objects: it illuminates, clarifies, and directs our gaze toward what it is we love but often overlook.”
—The New Yorker