Pulitzer winner joins university

Prof Paul Muldoon.
Prof Paul Muldoon.

Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon is to take up a Distinguished Professorship within Lancaster University’s Department of English and Creative Writing from this September.

A former Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford from 1999 to 2004, he is currently Howard G. B. Clark ‘21 Professor at Princeton University. His work at Lancaster will take the form of a mix of undergraduate lectures, MA workshops, tutorials with PhD students, and public readings.

Prof Muldoon said: “I’m thrilled to be associated with a University that has for so long been at the forefront of teaching writing – and reading – to poets in verse and prose who, along with physicists and political scientists, will help us understand ourselves in the world.”

Described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War,” Prof Muldoon has published over thirty collections of poetry and won both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T.S.Eliot Prize.

Prof John Schad, head of the Department of English and Creative Writing, said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Prof Muldoon who, as one of the world’s most eminent poets, will confirm the place of the Lancaster Writing Programme as one of the UK’s leading centres for creative writing.”