Paul Muldoon

One of the most acclaimed poets in the English speaking world

Paul Muldoon was born in Collegelands, near Moy in County Armagh, in 1951. He published his first collection of poems, New Weather, while still an undergraduate at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1973.

This book introduced Muldoon’s trademark quirky and allusive style, and successive collections show a formal control and range of reference unequalled in contemporary Northern Irish poetry.

Muldoon’s other collections of poetry include Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998) and Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize.

Muldoon has also written translations, including The Astrakhan Cloak by Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill (1992), screenplays and opera libretti, such as Shining Brow (1993) with the composer Daron Hagen.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Muldoon has also won the TS Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize and the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Muldoon lives in the United States, where he is Howard GB Clark, professor in the humanities at Princeton University.

Further reading
Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays (2003) edited by Tim Kendall and Peter McDonald; Reading Paul Muldoon (1998) by Clair Willis; The Biggest Egg in the World (1987).