The New Yorker’s poetry editor Paul Muldoon will pay tribute to Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, playwright and lecturer Seamus Heaney on Monday, November 4 at 7:00 pm at Off-Broadway’s award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City.
Himself a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Muldoon will host a free evening whose special guests include author Colum McCann, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, and Jean Kennedy Smith, the former US Ambassador to Ireland.
Seamus Heaney passed away at age 74 in Dublin, Ireland, on August 30, 2013. Born in Castledawson, County Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1939, Heaney earned a teacher’s certificate in English at St. Joseph’s College in Belfast and in 1963 took a position as a lecturer in English at that school. While at St. Joseph’s he began to write, joining a poetry workshop with Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, and others under the guidance of Philip Hobsbaum.
Heaney produced numerous collections of poetry, including Human Chain (2010), District and Circle (2006), Opened Ground (1999, New York Times Notable Book of the Year), The Spirit Level (1996), Selected Poems 1966-1987 (1990), and Sweeney Astray (1983). He also wrote several volumes of criticism, including The Redress of Poetry (1995). In 1995 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Heaney was a resident of Dublin from 1976 to 2013, although he did spend part of each year teaching at Harvard University.
Paul Muldoon worked from 1973 to 1986 in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Now Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University, he was appointed Poetry Editor of The New Yorker in 2007. Muldoon’s main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), The Annals of Chile (1994), Horse Latitudes (2006), and Maggot (2010). He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.”
The Irish Repertory Theatre, co-founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Charlotte Moore and Producing Director Ciarán O’Reilly, provides a context for understanding the contemporary Irish-American experience through evocative works of theater, music, and dance. It began the current season with Moore’s revival of Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock and the New York premiere of A Mind-Bending Evening of Beckett, directed by Bob Flanagan.
The special event is free and open to the public, but reservations must be made in advance, either online at www.irishrep.org or by calling the Irish Rep box-office at 212-727-2737 (4-ticket maximum per order).