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Thomas O’Grady retired in December of 2019 after 35.5 years as Director of Irish Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he was also Professor of English and a member of the Creative Writing faculty. Over the decades he taught a wide variety of Irish-centered courses: survey courses like the Irish Literary Revival and Recent Irish Writing; genre courses like the Modern Irish Novel and the Irish Short Story; and single-author courses on James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and Seamus Heaney. His writing on Irish literary and cultural matters has been published in scholarly journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including: Éire-Ireland, Irish University Review, Études Irlandaises, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, New Hibernia Review, Joyce Studies Annual, and James Joyce Quarterly. He is the author of two books of poems—What Really Matters (2000) and Delivering the News (2019)—both published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in the distinguished Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series. He divides his time between his native Prince Edward Island (Canada), Milton, MA, and Adamsville, RI, sharing those worlds with his wife, three daughters who come and go, and two young cats.

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