A new monthly series of the words and music extravaganza hosted by Paul Muldoon continues on September 9th 2019 at the Irish Arts Center of New York.
Named after a popular New York vaudeville act and an Irish-American knockabout farce from the 1880s, Muldoon’s Picnic is an entertainment devised and developed by Paul Muldoon.
Billed as a mixum-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, Muldoon’s Picnic has featured appearances by Jamie Alegre, Laurie Anderson, Simon Armitage, Stuart Bailie, Nicholson Baker, John Banville, Dan Barry, Kevin Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Sophie Cabot Black, Eavan Boland, Paul Brady, Moya Brennan, Lucie Brock-Broido, Michael Brunnock, Dan Burke, Stephanie Burt, Jean Butler, Nollaig Casey, Peter Carey, John Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash, Michael Cerveris, Amit Chaudhuri, Susan Choi, David Clement, Chris Collingwood, Mary Cregan, Ana Cristina, Damsel, Damsen, Cormac de Barra, Michael Dickman, Dinner, Timothy Donnelly, Mark Doty, Dave Dreiwitz, Duke Special, Lisa Dwan, Cornelius Eady, Anne Enright, Wendy Erskine, Peter Fallon, Andy Fitzpatrick, Fay La Foe, Bill Flanagan, Nick Flynn, Sinead Gleeson, Ivan Goff, Ben Goldberg, Len Graham, Sammy Grob, Jean Hanff Korelitz, Kimiko Hahn, Lisa Hannigan, Glen Hansard, Martin Hayes, Virginia Heffernan, Aleksandar Hemon, AM Homes, members of Horslips, Marie Howe, Caoilinn Hughes, Niamh Hyland, Major Jackson, Simon Jermyn, Erica Jong, Mary Karr, Bridget Kearney, Larry Kirwan, The Knights, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lisa Lambe, Nick Laird, Min Jin Lee, Janna Levin, Michael Longley, The Lost Brothers, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Shane McCrae, Alice McDermott, Lucy McDiarmid, Artie McGlynn, Lisa McInerney, Maureen N. McLane, Bernard MacLaverty, Josepha Madigan, Warren Malone, David Mansfield, Miracles of Modern Science, Mick Moloney, Rick Moody, Sinead Morrissey, Van Morrison, Mark Mulcahy, Asher Muldoon, Feargal Murray, Paul Murray, Eileen Myles, Naughty Clouds, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Joyce Carol Oates, Joseph O’Connor, Aoife O’Donovan, Brian OhAirt, Sharon Olds, Iarla O’Lionaird, Felicia Olusanya, Lisa O’Neill, Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, Cait O’Riordan, David O’Rourke, Declan O’Rourke, Meghan O’Rourke, Camille O’Sullivan, Leanne O’Sullivan, Fintan O’Toole, Don Paterson, Glenn Patterson, Bill Payne, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Robert Pinsky, David Power, Maddy Prior, The Prodigals, Puddles the Clown, Anna Quindlen, Peter Quinn, Emerald Rae, Michael Robbins, Phil Robson, Sarah Ruhl, Salman Rushdie, Joe Russo, Amy Ryan, Erika L. Sanchez, Brenda Shaughnessy, Harold Schechter, Liev Schreiber, Cleek Schrey, Stephen Sexton, James Shapiro, John Sheahan, Beowulf Sheehan, Gary Shteyngart, Sally Singer, Tracy K. Smith, Zadie Smith, So Percussion, Wesley Stace, J. Hope Stein, Syd Straw, Louise Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, Sam Sullivan, Christine Tobin, Colm Toibin, Pierce Turner, Dan Trueman, Cillian Vallely, John Vanderslice, Loudon Wainwright III, Tim Wheeler, Sean Wilentz, Edmund White, Colson Whitehead, Cassandra Wilson, Doug Wright, Monica Youn, Kevin Young, and Warren Zanes.
While it has been presented in other settings (including Armagh, Belfast, Carrick-on-Shannon, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Ennis, Galway, Navan, Sligo and Washington), the main venue for Muldoon’s Picnic continues to be the Irish Arts Center in New York City. The house band for Muldoon’s Picnic is Rogue Oliphant.