Poet Paul Muldoon to Speak At Barnett Literary Society on October 20, 2009
TEANECK, N.J. (September 30, 2009) — Poet Paul Muldoon, who has been called the most significant English-language poet born since World War II, will speak on Tuesday, October 20, as part of the Gene Barnett Literary Society Lecture Series at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Muldoon, a Pulitzer Prize winner and creative writing professor at Princeton University, will speak on “Wayside Shrines: New Poems, Reading and Commentary.” The lecture and book signing will start at 8 p.m.
Born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Muldoon was a student of celebrated Irish poet Seamus Heaney at Queen’s University in Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corp. After moving to the United States in 1987, he became the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton and chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. In 2007, he was appointed poetry editor of The New Yorker.
Muldoon has written 10 collections of verse, including “Poems 1968-1998” (2001), “Moy Sand and Gravel” (2002), which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, and Horse Latitudes” (2006). His most recent work, “Wayside Shrines,” was published in September by The Gallery Press.
Muldoon is also a rock lyricist (“My Ride’s Here,” with Warren Zevon), a performer in a rock band and a poetry popularizer: He read his poem “Tea” with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert on the “Colbert Report” in June 2009. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama invited Muldoon to read his poetry at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the White House.
“Master of wit Paul Muldoon is an Irish-born whiz kid with a Pulitzer and a Princeton post, but he’s neither schoolmarm nor show-off,” said Mary Karr of the Washington Post. “He concocts efficient explosions that flash up into bright constellations and hang shining.”
After his talk, Muldoon will answer questions from the audience and sign books.
The lecture will take place in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, 140 University Plaza Drive, on the Hackensack side of FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. A $10 donation will be taken at the door, with no advance ticket sales. For more information, call 201-692-7028.
About the Gene Barnett Literary Society
Founded in 1977 by FDU English professor Gene Barnett, the society is one of the oldest organizations on campus. For the society’s lecture series, Barnett brought some of the world’s most accomplished writers to speak at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Metropolitan Campus, including John Updike, Toni Morrison, Saul Bellow, Mario Vargas Llosa, Frank McCourt and Arthur Miller. After Barnett’s death in 1999, FDU English professor Thomas Stavola became the society's director.