The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will deliver a poetry reading with commentary entitled “Rising to the Rising: Poetry and Politics in Ireland” at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in the Nau Hall Auditorium (Nau 101). Muldoon is the featured guest and keynote speaker for the “Terrible Beauty” conference hosted by UVA’s Graduate English Students Association. The conference marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland and invites new takes on the relation of aesthetics to politics. Muldoon’s talk is free and open to the public.
The Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University, Muldoon has been dubbed “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War” by the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of twelve major collections of poetry as well as works of criticism, opera libretti, books for children, song lyrics, and radio and television drama. From 1999 to 2004, Muldoon served as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. Since 2007, he has been poetry editor for The New Yorker. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Muldoon has been awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, and the Shakespeare Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Muldoon’s most recent collection of poems, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, was published by Faber in 2015.
More information about the “Terrible Beauty” conference, including a detailed schedule of events and information about panel presentations, can be found on the GESA website.