PAUL MULDOON has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.” A native of Country Armagh, Northern Ireland, he is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Maggot, his most recent volume, and Moy Sand and Gravel, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Among Muldoon’s distinctions are a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990, the T. S. Eliot Award for The Annals of Chile in 1994, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature in 1996, and the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for his New Selected Poems in 1996. In 2003 he was awarded the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry. The poetry editor of The New Yorker since 2007, he is currently the Howard G.B. Clark ‘21 Professor at Princeton University.
JONATHAN WELLS is the author of Train Dance (Four Way Books, 2011). His poems have been published in many literary journals including Hayden’s Ferry, Paris Review Daily, Poetry International, and The New Yorker. He is also the editor of Third Rail: An Anthology of Rock and Roll, which was published by Simon & Schuster and MTV Books in 2007, with a foreword by Bono. Previously, he worked at Rolling Stone Magazine as director of Rolling Stone Press, the magazine’s division of books.