2022 Speakers

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Micheal O’Siadhail* was born in 1947. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Oslo. A full-time writer, he has published sixteen collections of poetry.  

O'Siadhail is known internationally for his many poetry collections, which include "The Five Quintets", "One Crimson Thread", "Tongues", "Globe, "Hail! Madam Jazz: New and Selected Poems", "A Fragile City." His work is compared by some commentators to Dante, John Milton, and Patrick Kavanagh, but most often to John Donne. A number of his works have been set to music by various composers.

 

O'Siadhail has been a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and Visiting Professor at University of Iceland. Most recently he received an honorary doctorate in literature from Trinity College Dublin. He has published a collection of essays and several texts on linguistics.

He has received numerous awards - including Marten Toonder Prize and Irish-American Cultural Prize for Poetry - and was conferred honorary doctorates both from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Manitoba. His book, "The Five Quintets " has received the Conference of Christianity and Literature’s 2019 book of the year award as well as the Eric Hoffe Award. 

*pronounced mee-hawl o’sheel

David Lyle Jeffrey was born June 1941 and lived much of his life in the rural Ottawa Valley. During this time, his energy was divided between farming and his academic vocation.

Jeffrey graduated from Wheaton College before receiving his PhD from Princeton. He has been professor at the University of Rochester, the University of Hull (UK), the University of Victoria, and the University of Ottawa.

 

Most recently, Jeffrey has carried the title as Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University from 2000 until 2019. He was also Guest Professor at Peking University (Beijing) and Honorary Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing).


Jeffrey has taught courses on the Bible as literature, medieval exegesis, biblical hermeneutics and literary theory, biblical tradition in the arts, and philosophy of art (aesthetics). Author of such texts as People of the Book: Christian Identity & Literary Culture, A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature, Scripture & the English Poetic Imagination, and In the Beauty of Holiness: Art & the Bible in Western Culture, he has also recently published a collection of poetry: Translations. 

He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Conference of Christianity and Literature.

Poetry, Imagination, and Faith:
a discussion with
Michael O'Siadhail & David L. Jeffrey

with Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson  
August, 2021

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