Paul Muldoon receives Her Majesty’s Gold Medal for Poetry

By Jamie Saxon

Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon. Photo by Denise Applewhite.

Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts and director of the Princeton Atelier, has received Her Majesty’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Muldoon, a native of Ireland, is the second Irish poet to receive the award in its 83-year history, after Michael Longley in 2001. The Poetry Medal Committee recommended Muldoon on the basis of the body of his work. Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s poet laureate, described his work as ”ambitious, erudite, witty and musical.”