The American Irish Historical Society
Christopher Cahill is the Executive Director of the American Irish Historical Society, a cultural organization founded in 1897 and located in A Beaux-Arts townhouse on Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile. He is also a writer and editor who lives in New York City, where he was born. He is the author of a novel, Perfection, published in Paris by LâAge dâHomme (1996) and is the editor of Gather Round Me: The Best of Irish Popular Poetry, published by Beacon Press (2004 hardback, 2005 paperback). His edition of Thomas Flanaganâs essays, There You Are: Writings on Orosh and American Literature and History, with a preface by Seamus Heaney, was published by New York Review Books (2004) and in London by Granta Books (2005). He has also recently completed a version of Pushkinâs Eugene Onegin.
Cahill is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, The American Spectator, The Boston Review and other national publications. His poetry and fiction â including selections from The Drug of Choice â have been published in Ploughshares, PNR, Western Humanities Review, Epiphany and other journals under the editorships of Paul Muldoon, Richard Howard, and Michael Schmidt. He has been nominated for the O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize. In collaboration with the Brazilian composer Ricardo Romaneiro, his poetry has been performed before an audience of 10,000 in Brooklynâs Prospect Park and has been broadcast on WNYC.
As the editor in chief of The Recorder, the journal of the American Irish Historical Society (AIHS), Cahill has published the work of Billy Collins, Mary Gordon, William Kennedy, Seamus Heaney, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Crouch and many others. The journal has been featured in Time Out, The Irish Times, Irish America and elsewhere and has been frequently included in Best American Essays and Best American Stories. At the AIHS he has run a popular and distinguished reading and lecture series since 1991. He serves as the Executive Director of the Society.
Christopher Cahill has considerable experience as a television broadcaster. For the past ten years, along with co-hosts Nancy OâDell of Access Hollywood and Norah OâDonnell of NBC News, he has provided on-air commentary for NBC-TVâs four hour annual broadcast of the New York City St. Patrickâs Day Parade, for which he has been nominated for an Emmy Award. He has also been a guest on NBCâs Today New York, as well as numerous other television and radio venues.
Cahill holds a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar. He received his Masterâs Degree in English Language and Literature from Stanford University. The founding director of Institutes of American Irish Studies at City University of New York and Pace University, he has taught literature and writing at Stanford University and New York University. He has received numerous awards for his cultural and academic work, including being honored by the Comptroller of The City of New York in City Council Chambers.