Eavan Boland was born in Dublin in 1944, and studied in Ireland, London and New York. Her first book was published in 1967. She has taught at Trinity College, University College and Bowdoin College Dublin, and at the University of Iowa. She is currently Melvin and Bill Lane Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, California. Her previous works include The Journey and other poems (1987), Night Feed (1994), The Lost Land (1998) and Code (2001).