Contents and Arrangement

Irish-Canadian Anthologies, 2002-2009

29 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

From 2002 to 2009, John Ennis co-edited a trilogy of anthologies of Canadian and Irish poetry and one anthology consisting entirely of Canadian poetry. Ennis's interest in Canadian poetry initially grew out of his responsibility as the Head of the School of Humanities at the Waterford Institute of Technology to further the college's overseas relationships, and in particular, to revitalize the long-standing cultural ties between Ireland's South-East region and Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.

Supported by grants from the Ireland Newfoundland Partnership, Ennis and co-editor Stephanie McKenzie published The Backyards of Heaven in 2003, which prominently featured work by Irish poet Seamus Heaney and Canadian poet Al Pittman, as well as other contemporary poets. In 2004, Ennis and McKenzie, along with Randall Maggs, published However Blow the Winds, which highlighted poems and songs from the 1770s until the present, with a strong emphasis on the ballad. They completed the trilogy with The Echoing Years in 2007, which featured 20th century Canadian writers from coast to coast alongside their Irish counterparts, anchored by the voices of E. J. Pratt and W. B. Yeats. With The Echoing Years, the editors strived for a better representation of First Nations writers, women writers, and Canadian poets writing in French. Ennis later edited an all-Canadian anthology titled How the Light Gets In, which was published in 2009.

These materials include Ennis's editorial working files for all four anthologies, which consist of comprehensive correspondence (mostly email printouts and faxes) regarding funding, the selection of poems and artwork, permissions, publicity, book launches, travel, and other administrative and editorial matters; notes, outlines, and planning documents; copies of texts that were included or considered for inclusion within the anthologies; corrected drafts and proofs of each anthology at various stages of completion; as well as related reviews, publicity materials, and press clippings.


Arranged by anthology in chronological order.

Collection History


No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in Spring-Summer 2017, with assistance from Kathryn Antonelli, Julia English '19, Fiona Bell '18, Sophia Alvarez '18, and Rachel Dubin '17. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in Spring-Summer 2017, with assistance from Julia English '19.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Irish-Canadian Anthologies; John Ennis Papers, C1563, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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