Paula Meehan

_MG_8370_fnlPaula Meehan was born in 1955 and raised in two famous working-class districts of Dublin, before graduating from Trinity College and Eastern Washington University. She has written plays for children and adults and has conducted writing workshops with inner city communities and in prisons as well as universities. Her work is much translated, widely anthologized, and among the prizes she has won are The Martin Toonder Award (1995), the Butler Literary Award (1998) and the Denis Devlin Award (2002). More recently she has turned to writing plays. She is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Dublin.Wake Forest has published two of her volumes, Dharmakaya (2002) and Painting Rain (2009)

“To say that Paula Meehan’s work is informed by the facts she is of working-class origin, a woman and has integrated into her imagination the folklore and dream consciousness of her forebears would be unfairly reductive and yet it would be misleading not to refer to them at all. Her work has won plaudits from critics and prize-givers at the same time as it has attracted a wide following from non-poetry specialist readers. There is an erotic charge to much of Meehan’s work which, to borrow a phrase from Eavan Boland, lays beneath the surface of conventional sexuality like a reef below water. Her poems are sensual both in her handling of ideas and in her handling of the words which convey those ideas.”  Patrick Cotter

Hear Paula Meehan read “Dharmakaya”

An Interview with Paula Meehan

Issue of An Sionnach dedicated to the poetry of Paula Meehan

Books by Paula Meehan

Paula Meehan: Painting Rain (paperback) (USED)

Very Good Condition: slight bend in front cover, mark on bottom front corner “Paula Meehan is that rare and rpecious thing–a vocational poet of courage and integrity. Already much-loved and admired far beyond the shores… $7.00 - view details

Paula Meehan: Dharmakaya (clothbound) (USED)

2 copies Very Good Condition: slight bends, stickers on dust jackets “If poetry can sing, Meehan has perfect pitch.”Midwest Book Review “…we should read this volume as the revelation of the consciousness of a woman and… $10.00 - view details

Paula Meehan: Dharmakaya (paperback) (USED)

  Excellent Condition: sticker on back, slight wear on front cover “If poetry can sing, Meehan has perfect pitch.”Midwest Book Review “…we should read this volume as the revelation of the consciousness of a woman and a… $6.00 - view details

Paula Meehan: Painting Rain (paperback)

“Paula Meehan is that rare and rpecious thing–a vocational poet of courage and integrity. Already much-loved and admired far beyond the shores of her native Ireland, Meehan advances her claim on our hearts and… $11.95 - view details

Paula Meehan: Dharmakaya (paperback)

“If poetry can sing, Meehan has perfect pitch.”Midwest Book Review “…we should read this volume as the revelation of the consciousness of a woman and a poet, trying to deal with a past ‘to change… $8.95 - view details

Paula Meehan: Dharmakaya (clothbound)

“If poetry can sing, Meehan has perfect pitch.”Midwest Book Review “…we should read this volume as the revelation of the consciousness of a woman and a poet, trying to deal with a past ‘to change… $18.95 - view details