2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry
Paul Muldoon has been awarded the 2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. In her citation, Carol Ann Duffy, the UK Poet Laureate, described him as follows:
Paul Muldoon is widely acclaimed as the most original and influential poet of the past 50 years and is rightly celebrated alongside Seamus Heaney. His poetry displays a restless playful brilliance, forever searching for new ways to channel his ideas and new language to dress them in. He is ambitious, erudite, witty and musical. He can experiment with form and stand tradition on its head, craft a tender elegy or intimate love poem with equal skill. His work is of major significance internationally - poetry of clarity, invention, purpose and importance which has raised the bar of what's possible in poetry to new heights.
Sadie and the Sadists
Song Lyrics by Paul Muldoon. Available from Eyewear Publishing
A new monthly series of the words and music extravaganza hosted by Paul Muldoon continues on February 12th 2018 at the Irish Arts Center in New York.
Named after a popular New York vaudeville act and an Irish-American knockabout farce from the 1880s, Muldoon’s Picnic is an entertainment devised and developed by Paul Muldoon.
Billed as a mixum-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, Muldoon’s Picnic has featured appearances by Laurie Anderson, Aoife, Nicholson Baker, Dan Barry, Kevin Barry, Eavan Boland, Paul Brady, Lucie Brock-Broido, Michael Brunnock, Jean Butler, Sophie Cabot Black, Peter Carey, Nollaig Casey, Rosanne Cash, Michael Cerveris, Damsel, Michael Dickman, Dinner, Timothy Donnelly, Dave Dreiwitz, Duke Special, Lisa Dwan, Cornelius Eady, Anne Enright, Peter Fallon, Fay La Foe, Andy Fitzpatrick, Bill Flanagan, Julie Feeney, Nick Flynn, Ivan Goff, Len Graham, Sammy Grob, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jean Hanff Korelitz, Lisa Hannigan, Martin Hayes, Virginia Heffernan, AM Homes, members of Horslips, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Erica Jong, Mary Karr, Larry Kirwan, The Knights, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nick Laird, Min Jin Lee, Janna Levin, Michael Longley, The Lost Brothers, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Alice McDermott, Lucy McDiarmid, Artie McGlynn, Lisa McInerney, Maureen N. McLane, Bernard MacLaverty, Warren Malone, David Mansfield, Miracles of Modern Science, Mick Moloney, Rick Moody, Sinead Morrissey, Mark Mulcahy, Asher Muldoon, Feargal Murray, Paul Murray, Eileen Myles, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Joyce Carol Oates, Joseph O’Connor, Aoife O’Donovan, Brian O’hAirt, Iarla O’Lionaird, Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, Cait O’Riordan, David O’Rourke, Declan O’Rourke, Meghan O’Rourke, Camille O’Sullivan, Fintan O’Toole, Don Paterson, Glenn Patterson, Bill Payne, Robert Pinsky, Maddy Prior, The Prodigals, Peter Quinn, Emerald Rae, Michael Robbins, Phil Robson, Salman Rushdie, Joe Russo, Brenda Shaughnessy, Gary Shteyngart, Tracy K. Smith, Zadie Smith, So Percussion, Louise Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, Sam Sullivan, Christine Tobin, Colm Toibin, Dan Trueman, Pierce Turner, John Vanderslice, Loudon Wainwright III, Sean Wilentz, Edmund White, Colson Whitehead, Monica Youn, Kevin Young, and Warren Zanes.
While it has been presented in other settings, the main venue for Muldoon’s Picnic continues to be the Irish Arts Center in New York City. The house band for Muldoon’s Picnic is Rogue Oliphant.