Join us for an evening of poetry with Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon with short-story author Courtney Sender (from Boston), and poet Patricia Davis-Muffett (from Washington, DC) upstairs at Fergie’s Pub (thanks, Fergie), hosted by Ernest Hilbert.
Please note there will be no open mic for this event.
Wednesday, December 13th, 7:00PM
Upstairs at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215-928-8118
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Paul Muldoon has been described by the Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.” Roger Rosenblatt, writing in The New York Times Book Review, described Paul Muldoon as “one of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems—word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy.” Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He now lives in New York City. A former radio and television producer for the BBC in Belfast, he has taught at Princeton University for thirty-five years. He is the author of fifteen collections of poetry including Joy in Service on Rue Tagore, published by FSG and Faber and Faber in 2024. Among his awards are the 1972 Eric Gregory Award, the 1980 Sir Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, the 1994 T.S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2006 European Prize for Poetry, the 2015 Pigott Poetry Prize, the 2017 Queens Gold Medal for Poetry, and the 2020 Michael Marks Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Muldoon teamed up with Paul McCartney for the bestselling book The Lyrics 1956 to the Present and released with McCartney the podcast McCartney: A Life in Lyrics.
Courtney Sender’s essays have appeared in The New York Times’ Modern Love, The Atlantic, and Slate, and her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, and many others. Her debut, In Other Lifetimes All I’ve Lost Comes Back to Me (WVU Press 2023), has been called “a stunner from the very first page” by Deesha Philyaw and “literary rock ‘n’ roll” by Aimee Bender. A Yaddo and MacDowell fellow, Courtney holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently at work on a novel. Visit her at www.courtneysender.com.
Patricia Davis-Muffett holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her chapbook, Alchemy of Yeast and Tears, was published in spring 2023, and her work appears in Atlanta Review, Whale Road Review, Calyx, and About Place. Her work has won honors including Best of the Net 2022 nomination, inclusion in Best New Poets 2022, and second place in the 2022 Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest (selected by Marge Piercy). Visit her at www.patriciadavismuffett.com.
Host Ernest Hilbert is the author of the poetry collections Sixty Sonnets, All of You on the Good Earth, Caligulan—selected as winner of the 2017 Poets’ Prize—and Last One Out. His fifth book, Storm Swimmer, was selected by Rowan Ricardo Phillips as the winner of the 2022 Vassar Miller Prize and appeared in 2023. He lives in Philadelphia where he works as a rare book dealer and book critic for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Fine Books and Collections. His poem “Mars Ultor” was included in Best American Poetry 2018, and his poems appear in Yale Review, American Poetry Review, BOMB, Harvard Review, Parnassus, Sewanee Review, Hudson Review, Boston Review, The New Republic, American Scholar, and the London Review. In 2023 he was awarded the Meringoff Writing Award for Poetry from the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. Visit him at www.ernesthilbert.com.