Chestertown, MD, April 4, 2001 — Irish poet Paul Muldoon will read from his works on Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at 7 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room of Washington College's Miller Library. Sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, the reading is free and open to the public.
Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and the Queen's University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986, he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, and is now the Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University, where he also directs the creative writing program. In 1999 he was named professor of poetry at the University of Oxford.
A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Muldoon was honored with an American Academy of Arts and Sciences award in literature for 1996. His other awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize. He has been described by the The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War." His published collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting the British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), and Poems: 1968-1998 (2001).