The Open Book: Featuring Pulitzer Prize winning Irish poet, Paul Muldoon

University of South Carolina, Capstone Building, Campus Room
13 Gibbes Court
Columbia, SC 29208

Muldoon is an Irish poet, editor, playwright, lyricist and translator. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Muldoon is the author of fourteen full-length collections of poetry, whose many awards include the Shakespeare Prize, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the European Prize for Poetry, and the Seamus Heaney Award. Muldoon is currently editing a book of the lyrics of Paul McCartney and has played with Warren Zevon as well as Muldoon’s own occasional musical group, Rogue Oliphant. The title of his newest collection, Howdie-Skelp, refers to the slap a midwife gives a newborn. A wake-up call for us all, its poems include a nightmarish remake of The Waste Land, an elegy for fellow Northern Irish poet Ciaran Carson, and a crown of sonnets about the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talk by Ed Madden on Muldoon’s Howdie-Skelp, March 28.

Muldoon speaks in person, March 30.

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