Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet and professor of poetry, as well as an editor, critic, playwright, lyricist and translator. He was born in Co. Armagh in 1951. Muldoon is the author of thirteen collections of poetry including Frolic and Detour (2019), One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015), Maggot (2010), Horse Latitudes (2006), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Hay (1998), The Annals of Chile (1994), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), Meeting the British (1987), Quoof (1983), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Mules (1977) and New Weather (1973).
He has also published innumerable smaller collections, works of criticism, opera libretti, books for children, song lyrics and radio and television drama. His poetry has been translated into twenty languages. Muldoon served as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1999 to 2004 and as poetry editor of The New Yorker from 2007 to 2017. He has taught at Princeton University since 1987 and currently occupies the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 chair in the Humanities.
Paul Muldoon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2006 European Prize for Poetry, the 2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the 2018 Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from ten universities.
Paul Muldoon has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as ‘the most significant English–language poet born since the Second World War’. Roger Rosenblatt, writing in The New York Times Book Review, described Paul Muldoon as ‘one of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems — word–playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry. Only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury.’