According to The Irish Times, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has approved the award of Her Majesty’s Gold Medal for Poetry for the year 2017 to creative writing professor and poet Paul Muldoon. He becomes only the second Irish poet to be so honored in the award’s 83-year history, after Michael Longley in 2001. The Poetry Medal Committee recommended Muldoon as this year’s recipient of The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, on the basis of the body of his work.
Paul Muldoon is the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities, Director of the Princeton Atelier, and Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University. He was Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts and has served as Poetry Editor of The New Yorker since 2007. His main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Horse Latitudes (2006), Maggot (2010), One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015), and Poems 1968-2014 (2016).
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”