Her books of poetry include Against Love Poetry (W.W. Norton & Co.,2001),which was a New York Times notable book of 2001. Also, The Lost Land (1998), An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-1987 (1996), In a Time of Violence (1994), Outside History: Selected Poems 1980-1990 (1990), The Journey and Other Poems (1986), Night Feed (1982), and In Her Own Image (1980). In addition to her books of poetry, Boland is also the author of Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time (W. W. Norton, 1995), a volume of prose, and co-editor of The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (with Mark Strand; W. W. Norton & Co., 2000). She published a volume of translations called After Every War with Princeton University Press in 2004.
Her awards include a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the Corrington Medal for Literary Excellence Centenary College 2002, Bucknell Medal of Distinction 2000 Bucknell University, the Smartt Family prize from the Yale Review and the John Frederick Nims Award from Poetry Magazine 2002. She is the Mabury Knapp Professor in Humanities at Stanford University and Lane Professor for Director of the Creative Writing there.