Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Academic Specialty:

  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Irish Literature and Culture
  • Feminist, Cultural, and Eco-critical Theory

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 1-6 pm and by appointment


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

Selected Publications:

  • "Old Maedhe, Dagda, and the Sidhe: Maud Gonne's Menagerie," in The Literary Menagerie. Jeanne Dubin & Ziba Rashidian, eds. Forthcoming.
  • Unaccountable Weather: Poems. Winston-Salem, NC: Press53, 2011.
  • "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.
  • "A Murmuration of Starlings in the Rowan Tree: Finding Gary Snyder in the Work of Paula Meehan." Jody Allen Randolph, ed. An Sionnach: A Journal of Literature, Arts, and Culture. Special Issue on Paula Meehan. 5: 1 & 2(Spring/Fall 2009): 195-207.
  • "'Between Breath and No Breath': Witnessing Class Trauma in Paula Meehan's Dharmakaya," An Sionnach1.2 (Fall 2005): 47-64.
  • Beyond Reason: Poems. San Antonio: Pecan Grove Press. 2004. (Awarded the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Prize by the NC Literary and Historical Association)
  • (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.
  • The Body's Horizon: Poems. Chapel Hill: Signal Books, 1996. (Awarded the Brockman-Campbell Prize by the NC Poetry Society, selected by Alicia Ostriker)
  • "Going to Law Over That Jointure': Women and Property in Castle Rackrent." Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 22:1 (July 1996): 21-29.
  • "Putting Down the Rebellion: Notes and Glosses on Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent." Eire-Ireland: Journal of Irish Studies. 30.1 (1995): 77-90.
  • (ed.)Belinda. By Maria Edgeworth. Oxford University Press, 1994.

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

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2910

Office address
234 Sanford Hall