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April 23, 2008

Muldoon reads May 1 as a guest of the UI Writers' Workshop

Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon, a guest of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the University of Iowa campus.

Muldoon's main collections of poetry are "New Weather," "Mules," "Why Brownlee Left," "Quoof," "Meeting The British," "Madoc: A Mystery," "The Annals of Chile," "Hay," "Poems 1968-1998" and "Moy Sand and Gravel," for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. His 10th collection, "Horse Latitudes," appeared in the fall of 2006.

His Oxford Lectures in poetry were collected in "The End of the Poem," also published in 2006, and were described in the London Review of Books as "One of the most thrilling books of 'literary criticism' published in the last 50 years." Muldoon is also an opera librettist and winner of the Concert Music Award from ASCAP.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards include the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the Shakespeare Prize, the Aspen Prize for Poetry and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry.

He has been described in the Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War."

Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and was educated there and at 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, where he is now the Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University and chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. In 2007 he was appointed poetry editor of The New Yorker. Between 1999 and 2004 he was professor of poetry at the Oxford University, where he is an honorary Fellow of Hertford College.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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