Pulitzer Prizer-winner will address campus on April 2, 2014
poet Paul Muldoon was still an undergraduate at Belfast’s Queen’s
University when he first crossed paths with the legendary writer Seamus
Heaney in the early 1970s.
Muldoon’s professor, so the story goes,
sent a batch of Muldoon’s poems to Heaney and asked the poetry great to
critique them—or, more specifically, to name what was “wrong with them.”
Heaney’s one-word reply—“Nothing”—has been cited many times during the
four decades since, as it marked the start of a fruitful mentorship and
friendship between two of the best-loved English-language poets of our
Heaney, a longtime friend of Dickinson College, died unexpectedly last Septembe
r—just months before he was slated to return to Dickinson through the Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Vising Scholars and Writers Program
Muldoon was among those who delivered eulogies at his funeral. So when
it came time to identify a new award recipient, Dickinson officials
didn't need to search far.
This spring, Muldoon will come to
Dickinson to accept the Stellfox Award, an honor bestowed in recognition
of Muldoon’s accomplishments as a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and with
a nod to the literary giant who nurtured Muldoon's success.