Peggy O’Brien


Named in honour of Professor Peggy O’Brien, a founder of the Irish Association for American Studies, the biennial prize of 500 Euro is awarded for the best single-authored monograph published in American Studies.

A scholar and a poet, Peggy O’Brien is the author of four collections of poems: Sudden ThawFrog Spotting, Trusting Ice and most recently Tongues.  She is also the editor of the Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry and the author of the critical study, Writing Lough Derg: from William Carleton to Seamus Heaney. She spent half her teaching career at Trinity College, Dublin and the other half at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Peggy, however, spends as much time as possible in Ireland, where her daughter and granddaughters live.

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Applications are OPEN

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Peggy O’Brien Book Prize. Named in honour of Professor Peggy O’Brien, a founder of the Irish Association for American Studies, the biennial prize of 500 Euro is awarded for the best monograph published in American Studies.

Applicants are welcome from any field or period, covering American topics. Books must have a publication date in 2020 or 2021, and must be published in English.

Applications should include three copies of the book, as well as the author’s or authors’ name(s), contact information, and brief author biography/ biographies. Unfortunately, copies cannot be returned. Please note, at the time of application, the author must be a member of the IAAS. Applications should be received by June 30, 2022, at:

Attn: Dr. Katherine Fama

Peggy O’Brien Book Prize

School of English, Drama, and Film

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 14

IRELAND

For more information, please contact Katherine.Fama@ucd.ie.

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