The University of Tulsa’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives would like to announce the upcoming McFarlin Fellows event “One Thousand Things Worth Knowing: A Poetry Reading by Paul Muldoon,” on October 23rd, 2014. Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet educated in Armagh and at the Queen’s University of Belfast. He is currently based in the United States and serves and Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University. Professor Muldoon is also the President of the Poetry Society (UK), Poetry Editor of The New Yorker, and an honorary Fellow of Hertford College at the University of Oxford.
Professor Muldoon’s main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting the British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Horse Latitudes (2006), and Maggot (2010). He has also contributed the librettos for four operas by Daron Hagen: Shining Brow (1992), Vera of Las Vegas (1996), Bandanna (1998), and The Antient Concert (2005). His interests have not only included libretto, but the rock lyric as well, penning lines for the band The Handsome Family as well as the late Warren Zevon whose titular track “My Ride’s Here” belongs to a Muldoon collaboration.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Professor Muldoon was given the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature in 1996. Other awards include the 1994 T.S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry.
The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with a cocktail reception held at the Ann and Jack Graves Faculty Study at McFarlin Library, followed by dinner in the Pat and Arnold Brown Reading Room. Capping the evening, Professor Muldoon will treat the audience with a reading of his poetry.