The Rich Fields of Contemporary Irish Poetry | Newberry

The Rich Fields of Contemporary Irish Poetry

Led by Joseph Heininger.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Six sessions. Tuesdays, September 28 - November 2.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

Contemporary Irish poetry is among the richest and most diverse in the world. Irish poets write from the perspectives of rural, suburban, and urban lives, portraying familial ties, intimacies, and disturbances, and addressing the influx of new people and ideas to Ireland. Among other themes, we will examine how contemporary Irish poets respond to the challenges of living in an era and a world increasingly disconnected from the traditions and perspectives that shaped life and thought in former times.

Six sessions. Registration – $210

Joseph Heininger is a professor of English at Dominican University. His interests include modern and contemporary Irish and English poetry, drama, and fiction, as well as philosophy and religious studies. He is currently working on a study of modern Irish elegies.

Materials List


First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.