One of the foremost international scholars of Seamus Heaney, Rand Brandes presents on the archival and bibliographical work of the late poet by drawing from the Heaney archives at Emory, the National Library of Ireland, and the Heaney family archive. Presented in collaboration with the Yeats Society.
Dr. Rand Brandes has served as a Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English at Lenoir Rhyne University for over 20 years. He is director of both the LRU Visiting Writers Series and Lineberger Center, which sponsors the Lineberger Fellows program. Dr. Brandes received his Ph.D. and MA in English at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and has been instrumental in the research and preservation of the work of Seamus Heaney, Irish Nobel Laureate and renowned writer and poet. He began researching Heaney’s work in the early 1980’s and spent 12 years writing – Seamus Heaney: A Bibliography 1959-2003. He has also written numerous articles, reviews and books about Modern Irish and British poetry. Additionally, Dr. Brandes has served as a co-curator of the exhibition, entitled Seamus Heaney: A Life Well Lived--an exhibition of Heaney’s work at the Grolier Club in Manhattan. Prior to Heaney’s death in 2013, Dr. Brandes received two Fulbright Senior Research Fellowships to assist Heaney in Ireland, and worked closely with him for over 30 years. He also received grants from The Lannan Foundation and The Worldwide Ireland Funds in support of his efforts.
Presented in collaboration with the W.B. Yeats Society of New York.