Month: February 2014

Paul Muldoon the 51st Annual Wallace Stevens Poet

The University of Connecticut’s English Department and The Hartford are pleased to announce that Paul Muldoon, the 51st Annual Wallace Stevens Poet, will give two readings from his work on April 9 and 10, 2014.

Mr. Muldoon will read at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, 15 Vernon Street in Hartford.  He will present a second reading at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 at the Alumni Center on the UConn Storrs Campus. Both readings are free and open to the public.

The Times Literary Supplement has called Muldoon “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.” His many awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award, and the European Prize for Poetry. The author of over a dozen volumes of poetry and criticism, Muldoon’s writing is typified by its brilliant wit and a dazzling reinvention of poetic forms.

Muldoon was born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and now resides in the United States where he is poetry editor of The New Yorker and Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University.

The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program began in 1964 with funding from The Hartford to honor Modernist master poet Wallace Stevens, a former Vice President of The Hartford.  In the last half century, the Program has brought a roster of the most important national and international poets to Connecticut.  This year’s Program is sponsored by The Hartford, as well as the University of Connecticut’s English Department and the UConn Humanities Institute in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.