Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Academic Specialty:

  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Irish Literature and Culture
  • Ecocriticism and Ecofeminism
  • Animal Studies


  • Ph.D. Theories of Interpretation, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University
  • M.A. English, UNC at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. English, Winthrop University

Selected Publications:

  • “Extending Ecocriticism in American Literature: Representing Vegans in Locavore Writing,” in Doing Vegan Studies: Textual Animals and Discursive Ethics. Laura Wright, ed. U of Nevada Press. Forthcoming.
  • The Fisher Queen:  New & Selected Poems.  Co. Clare, Ireland: Salmon Press. Forthcoming.
  • “Memory in Paula Meehan’s Geomantics.” Irish University Review. 47: 1 (Spring 2017): 10-14.     
  • “what happened next, happened fast.” North Carolina Literary Review. 26 (2017).
  • “Calf.” The Carol Adams Reader.  London: Bloomsbury, 2016.
  • “Calf.” The North American Review. On-line issue, 2016.  https://northamericanreview.org/2017/calf
  • “Forecast,” “Cardinal,” “Early Light,” & “All Night the Cows and Their Calves.” Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture, and Environment. 7:2(2016).  http://ecozona.eu/article/view/1037
  • “Old Maedhe, Dagda, and the Sidhe: Maud Gonne’s Menagerie,” in Representing the Modern Animal in Culture.  Jeanne Dubino & Ziba Rashidian, & Andrew Smyth, eds. London: Palgrave, 2014, pp. 59-79.
  • “Strand Sonnets.”  Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global    Warming.  Ed. Steven Pavlos Holmes.  Salt Lake City, Utah: Torrey House Press.  2013.
  • “Between Country and City: Paula Meehan’s Ecofeminist Poetics,” in Murmurs that Come out of the Earth: Eco-critical Readings of Irish Texts,  ed. Christine Cusick.  Cork, Ireland: U of Cork Press, 2010.
  • Editor with Borbala Farago, Animals in Irish Literature and Culture. London: Palgrave, 2015.
  • Her Small Hands Were Not Beautiful: Poems.  Clemson: Clemson U Press. 2014.
  • Unaccountable Weather: Poems. Winston-Salem, NC: Press53, 2011.
  • "Old Maedhe, Dagda, and the Sidhe: Maud Gonne's Menagerie," in The Literary Menagerie. Jeanne Dubin & Ziba Rashidian, eds. Forthcoming.
  • "Between Country and City: Paula Meehan's Ecofeminist Poetics," in Murmurs that Come out of the Earth: Eco-critical Readings of Irish Texts, ed. Christine Cusick. Cork, Ireland: U of Cork Press, 2010.
  • "'Between Breath and No Breath': Witnessing Class Trauma in Paula Meehan's Dharmakaya," An Sionnach1.2 (Fall 2005): 47-64.
  •  (ed.) Border Crossings: Irish Women Writers and National Identities. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2000.
  • (ed.) The Wild Irish Girl. By Lady Morgan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Poems in Another Chicago MagazineAppalachian JournalCalyxCarolina QuarterlyCortland ReviewEpochEkphrasis, The Florida Review, The Hollins Critic, Kalliope, The Recorder, Room of One's Own, Poem, Shenandoah, The South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry Review, Sojourner, Sundog and other magazines.

We live in such a beautiful place, I find plenty to do at home. As a breast cancer survivor, I'm a big advocate of local, organic food --if I'm not planning, planting, weeding, or harvesting our garden, I'm learning new ways to prepare slow food. I enjoy hiking with our two Shetland sheepdogs, and I practice yoga as often as I can. I'm convinced that in this historical era one of the greatest powers we have as individuals is the power to consume sustainably by boycotting polluting, unethical companies and spending on organic, Fair Trade products. Like everyone else, I grieve the changing of our climate, and i try to live and teach values that might help prepare myself and others for the challenging times ahead.

Title: Professor
Department: Department of English

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