About the Author

Christine Cozzens teaches creative and expository writing and Irish literature at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She grew up in Evanston, IL, where her interest in Ireland began with a puzzled perusing of her parents’ copy of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. As a junior at Stanford University studying and working abroad in London, she traveled to Ireland for the first time over the Easter holiday and was hooked for life. In graduate school in English at the University of California Berkeley, she had the pleasure of taking an Irish literature course from Thomas Flanagan, a compelling storyteller who went on to write a well-regarded trilogy of historical novels starting with the 1798 Rebellion. Cozzens has published a number of articles about Ireland (New York Times Travel Section, Cara, Atlanta Celtic Quarterly, International Herald Tribune), blending her interests in literature, history, and landscape as inspired by Flanagan’s course and by the writings of Tim Robinson, among other writers and works. In “The View from Here,” she reexamines her knowledge of Irish literature, history, and culture from the perspective of spending a sabbatical year in Dublin. Her husband Ron Calabrese, a neuroscientist, and her grown-up children Nick, Evan, and Emma appear in her stories from time to time.