Poetry in English
Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in Portadown, County Armagh, and raised near The Moy, in Northern Ireland. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father a farm laborer and market gardener. He is the author of a baker’s dozen plus one collections of poetry, including New Weather (1973), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting the British (1987), New Selected Poems: 1968-1994 (1996), Hay (1998), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize, Horse Latitudes (2006), One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015), Selected Poems 1968-2104 (2016), Frolic and Detour (2019) and, most recently, Howdie-Skelp. He has also published collections of criticism, children’s books, opera libretti, song lyrics, and works for radio and television. Former poetry editor of The New Yorker, perennial host of the live literary variety show Muldoon’s Picnic at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan, he has taught for close to thirty-five years at Princeton University. A beloved member of our faculty roster, he returns to Under the Volcano for a fourth tour of duty as part of our 20th anniversary season.