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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Paul Muldoon to Give Reading at Pomona College on Oct. 25

Poet Paul Muldoon

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War,” will give a reading of his work on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. at Pomona College (Crookshank Hall Room 108, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).

Muldoon, who is poetry editor for The New Yorker and professor of English at Princeton University, has won numerous accolades for his work. In addition to the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, Muldoon has won the 2006 European Prize for Poetry, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 1996 American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature and the 1994 T.S. Eliot Prize.

He has published more than 30 collections of poetry,. The Los Angeles Times said of Maggot (2010), his most recent collection, “the endlessly inventive Paul Muldoon offers his usual sly puzzle disguised as poems … [Muldoon] treats themes of sex, decay and death with startling, acrobatic wit.” According to The New York Times, Muldoon “revels in the disorder that wriggles beneath and below even the most rigid order … His new work is a teeming infested book from a teeming, infested mind. It bucks what its author calls ‘this tiresome trend / towards peace and calm.’”

Among Muldoon’s other collections are Horse Latitudes (2006), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Madoc: A Mystery (1990) and Why Brownlee Left (1980). 

From 1973 to 1986, Muldoon worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Between 1999 and 2004 he was professor of poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary fellow of Hertford College.

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