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January 26, 2006



Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon, one of Ireland's most critically acclaimed poets, will give a reading on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room, Wyndham Alumnae House.

Free and open to the public, Muldoon's appearance is part of the College's yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading Series, which features award-winning poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, and playwrights. For further information, contact the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.

Muldoon has been called "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War" (The Times Literary Supplement) and was described by The New York Times Book Review as a "riddler, enigmatic, distrustful of appearances, generous in allusion, doubtless a dab hand at crossword puzzles."

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Muldoon received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize and Canada's prestigious Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry for his Moy Sand and Gravel. In 1996, he was presented the Academy of Arts and Letters' Award in literature.

Born and educated in County Armagh in Northern Ireland, Muldoon studied at Queen's University in Belfast while producing his first book of poems. From 1973 until he moved to the United States in 1986, he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. He later taught at Columbia and Oxford Universities. While Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1999 to 2004, he delivered the Oxford Lectures, which were published as a book of essays called The End of the Poem in 2005. Today he is the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.

In the past two decades, Muldoon has won numerous awards for his work. His main collections include Why Brownlee Left; Quoof; Hay; Madoc: A Mystery, which won the 1992 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; The Annals of Chile, which was awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize; and Selected New Poems 1968-1994, winner of the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry. He also is the recipient of the 2004 Shakespeare Prize and the 2004 Aspen Prize for Poetry.

Editor of The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry, Muldoon wrote the libretto for Shining Bow, an opera about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, scored by Daron Aric Hagen. Muldoon's 10th collection of poetry, Horse Latitudes, is due for publication in the fall of 2006.


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