Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. He received his B.A. from Queen's University in Belfast and was a radio and television producer with the BBC in Northern Ireland for thirteen years. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G.B. Clark Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. In 1999 he was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.
Mr. Muldoon is the author of eight previous volumes of poetry, including, New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980, Quoof (1983), Meeting the British (1987,) Madoc: a Mystery (FSG, 1990) The Annals of Chile (FSG 1984), and Hay (FSG, 1998). Poems 1968-1998, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2001, is a collection of his eight volumes.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Muldoon received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature in 1996. Other recent awards include the 1994 T.S. Eliiot Prize and the 1997 Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry.
He lives with his wife, writer Jean Hanff Korelitz, and their two children near Princeton, New Jersey.
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