Jefferson Holdridge

Jefferson HoldridgeDr. Jefferson Holdridge

Professor of English, Chair
Director of Wake Forest University Press


Office: C105 Tribble Hall

Phone: (336) 758-3365



PhD University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

MA University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

BA San Francisco State University, CA

Areas of Interest

Irish literature from Swift to contemporary period, with particular emphasis on W.B.Yeats, 20th-Century and Contemporary Irish Poetry

Late Victorian and Modernist poetry


Courses Taught at Wake Forest

ENG 362/ 662- Irish Literature in the 20th Century

ENG 362/662- The Backgrounds of the Irish Literary Renaissance

WRI 111- Nature Writing

ENG 301/ 601- The Poetry, Prose and Drama of W.B. Yeats

ENG 301/601-The Drama of Samuel Beckett

ENG 301- Ideas in Literature; Travelers in Italy

ENG 301/ 601-The Poetry and Criticism of Seamus Heaney

MLS 738- The Sublime is Now

ENG 368/668- Irish Poetry of the 20th Century

ENG 768- Landscape in Irish Literature

ENG 300- Seminar in the Major: Twentieth-Century Irish Literature and Criticism

ENG 165- The Rhetoric of Morality

ENG 190- Epic and Lyric

ENG 150- Literature Interprets the World

FYS 100- Folklore and Mythology in Irish Literature

Selected Publications


Edited and introduced Post-Ireland?  Essays on Contemporary Irish Poetry, with Brian O’Conchubhair (Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest University Press, 2017)

Edited and introduced The WFU Series of Irish Poetry 2 (Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest University Press, 2010).

The Poetry of Paul Muldoon (Dublin: Liffey Press, 2008).


“The Autonomous Tear:  Conor O’Callaghan’s The Sun King and Caitíona O’Reilly’s Geis in Post-Ireland?  Essays on Contemporary Irish Poetry, Jefferson Holdridge and Brian O’Conchubhair, eds. (Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest University Press, 2017)

“‘Halved Globe, Slowly Turning’:  Editing Irish Poetry in America,” South Carolina Review 45: 1, (Fall 2012). Reprint in book form (Liverpool University Press, 2016).

Reprint in paperback 2015. “Bleeding from the ‘Torn Bough’: Challenging Nature in James Joyce’s Poems Penyeach,” The Poetry of James Joyce Reconsidered, ed. Marc Conner (University of Florida Press, 2012).

“Face to Face with Clumsiness: Aberration, Errancy and W.B. Yeats,” Aberration in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, eds. Lucy Collins and Stephen Matterson (McFarland, 2011).

“Landscape and Family in the Eighteenth Century” Yeats in Context, ed. David Holdeman and Ben Levitas (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

“The Wolf Tree: Culture and Nature in Paula Meehan’s Dharmakaya and Painting Rain” An Sionnach: Special Issue on Paula Meehan, ed.  Jody Allen-Randolph (Volume 5: Spring/Fall 2010). 



The Sound Thereof (Bradford, UK: Graft Poetry, 2017).

Devil’s Den and other poems (Ithaca: Split Oak Press, 2015).

Eruptions (Belfast: Lapwing Press, 2013).


“Benchmark,” Voice in Italian-Americana, Vol. 29, No. 2 (2018).

“The Pot of Basil,”  The Tau: The Literary and Visual Art Journal of Lourdes University, 2018.

“Acqua Alta” Prairie Schooner, Summer 2018.

“Alla Bifora,” “Fragment of an Ode,” Watchung Review Volume 2 • July 2018

 “Doubting Thomas,” The Anglican Theological Review (99.4: Fall, 2017).

 “Against the Dawn,” Pomona Valley Review 11, Friday, July 28th, 2017.

“Irruptions,” Pomona Valley Review 11, Friday, July 28th, 2017.

Madonna Lactans,” “The Painter’s Riddle,” North of Oxford October 2017.


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