Eireann Corrigan (1977-) Biography
Personal, Addresses, Career, Writings, Sidelights
Born 1977, in NJ. Education: Sarah Lawrence College, B.A.; New York University, M.A.
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You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2002.
Splintering (verse novel), Scholastic (New York, NY), 2004.
New Jersey native Eireann Corrigan began writing poetry as a child, and when her older brother left home to attend high school in Germany, she spent hours writing him verse letters. Her first published work, You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir, draws from that childhood habit, and teh book's free-verse ponderings regarding the author's relationship to a friend "swirl … with emotion and pain," according to Kliatt contributor Rebecca Rabinowitz. Corrigan's young-adult novel Splintering, also written in verse, was described by a Publishers Weekly critic as "gripping."
In Splintering, fifteen-year-old Paulina and her older brother Jeremy are visiting their married sister Mimi when a crazed drug addict breaks into Mimi's apartment and threatens their lives. After the attack the three siblings are left to reflect on the haunting incident, each through a series of poems. In Corrigan's free-verse text each of the characters must deal with the troublesome event in their own way, and the feelings of each individual tap into deep-seated emotions and bring up unique memories from the past. A Kirkus Reviews critic stated that Splintering is both "effective and affecting," and the novel's "culminating event brings the strands and family together in a satisfying denouement."
In an interview in ThisIsPush.com, Corrigan described what poetry means to her, noting: "Poetry demands a certain kind of emotional honesty. Oftentimes, I'm not even sure how I feel about something until I sit down and try to write about it. I don't mean everyday kind of questions like, 'Is there enough milk in the fridge?' I mean questions about things like regret and resolve, grief, or that whole love thing."
Biographical and Critical Sources
Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2004, review of Splinter, p. 327.
Kliatt, September, 2002, Rebecca Rabinowitz, review of You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir, p. 32; March, 2004, Claire Rosser, review of Splintering, p. 9.
Publishers Weekly, March 4, 2002, review of You Remind Me of You, p. 81; April 19, 2004, review of Splintering, p. 62.
School Library Journal, August, 2002, Susan Riley, review of You Remind Me of You, p. 204; July, 2004, Ginny Gustin, review of Splintering, p. 102.
ThisIsPush.com, http://www.thisispush.com/ (July 6, 2005), interview with Corrigan.