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Irish Arts Center Presents New Season Of Muldoon's Picnic

Muldoon's Picnic - the critically acclaimed omnium-gatherum of music, storytelling, poetry, and more - has become a staple of New York's cultural diet. Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, this words-and-music jamboree features an evolving lineup of world-class special guests from across the spectrum of arts and letters. Returning for its eighth season at Irish Arts Center (553 West 51st Street, New York) on September 10, October 8, and November 12, the series will feature playwright Sarah Ruhl, jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, poet Kimiko Hahn, singer-songwriter Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne),Vogue Creative Digital Director Sally Singer and more.

Tickets for the Muldoon's Picnic are $45 for non-members and $36 for members; they are available at or the box office at 866-811-4111.

Muldoon's Picnic has, over the years, featured appearances from artists and wordsmiths like Laurie Anderson, Rosanne Cash, Gary Shteyngart, Min Jin Lee, Jean Butler, Peter Carey, Michael Cerveris, Lisa Hannigan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Colum McCann, Eileen Myles, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, and Colson Whitehead.

Paul Muldoon won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2002 collection Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), which also earned him the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry. His other notable books of poetry include New Weather (1973); Mules (1977); Why Brownlee Left (1980); Quoof (1983); Meeting the British (1987); Madoc: A Mystery (1990); The Annals of Chile (1994), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry; Hay (1998); Horse Latitudes (2006), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize; Maggot (2010); and One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2014). He has won numerous other awards, including the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War," and The New York Observer says he is "one of the great readers alive today. His voice alters with every change in tone and he'll often pace around a room, his whole body responding to his intricate rhythms."

Schedule and Featured Special Guests

Monday, September 10 | 7:30 PM

  • Kimiko Hahn,poet
  • David Power, uilleann piper
  • Damsen, singer-songwriter
  • Harold Schechter, writer

Monday, October 8 | 7:30 PM

  • Chris Collingwood, singer-songwriter and artist
  • Mark Doty, poet
  • Aleksandar Hemon, writer, essayist, and critic
  • Sarah Ruhl, playwright

Monday, April 9 | 7:30 PM

  • Ben Goldberg, composer
  • Sally Singer, creative digital director of Vogue
  • J. Hope Stein, writer
  • Cassandra Wilson, jazz singer

Irish Arts Center, founded in 1972 and based in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, is a national and international home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America. We present, develop, promote, tour, and distribute work from established and emerging artists and cultural practitioners, providing audiences with emotionally and intellectually transporting experiences-the results of innovation, collaboration, and the authentic celebration of our common humanity.

Steeped in grassroots traditions, with a commitment to inclusion that dates back to our founding, we provide education programs and access to the arts for people of all ages and ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and an international home for the Irish community to come together and engage with a dynamic global diaspora.

Later this year, we will break ground on a landmark new permanent home, including a state of the art contemporary, flexible performance and arts space for the presentation and development of work across a range of disciplines; a second, intimate performance space-the renovated historic Irish Arts Center theatre-optimized for the most intimate live music and conversation, recordings, master classes and special events; classrooms and studio spaces for community education programs in Irish music, dance, language, history, and the humanities; technology to stream and distribute the Irish Arts Center experience on the digital platform; a spacious and vibrant avenue-facing café lobby that will be a hospitable hub for conversation and interaction between artists and audiences; and a beautiful new courtyard entrance on 51st Street where the historic Irish Arts Center building and the new facility meet.

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