A new monthly series of the words and music extravaganza hosted by Paul Muldoon continues on February 12th 2018 at the Irish Arts Center in 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 Laurie Anderson, Aoife, Nicholson Baker, Dan Barry, Kevin Barry, Eavan Boland, Paul Brady, Lucie Brock-Broido, Michael Brunnock, Jean Butler, Sophie Cabot Black, Peter Carey, Nollaig Casey, Rosanne Cash, Michael Cerveris, Damsel, Michael Dickman, Dinner, Timothy Donnelly, Dave Dreiwitz, Duke Special, Lisa Dwan, Cornelius Eady, Anne Enright, Peter Fallon, Fay La Foe, Andy Fitzpatrick, Bill Flanagan, Julie Feeney, Nick Flynn, Ivan Goff, Len Graham, Sammy Grob, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jean Hanff Korelitz, Lisa Hannigan, Martin Hayes, Virginia Heffernan, AM Homes, members of Horslips, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Erica Jong, Mary Karr, Larry Kirwan, The Knights, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nick Laird, Min Jin Lee, Janna Levin, Michael Longley, The Lost Brothers, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Alice McDermott, Lucy McDiarmid, Artie McGlynn, Lisa McInerney, Maureen N. McLane, Bernard MacLaverty, Warren Malone, David Mansfield, Miracles of Modern Science, Mick Moloney, Rick Moody, Sinead Morrissey, Mark Mulcahy, Asher Muldoon, Feargal Murray, Paul Murray, Eileen Myles, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Joyce Carol Oates, Joseph O’Connor, Aoife O’Donovan, Brian O’hAirt, Iarla O’Lionaird, Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, Cait O’Riordan, David O’Rourke, Declan O’Rourke, Meghan O’Rourke, Camille O’Sullivan, Fintan O’Toole, Fred Parcells, Don Paterson, Glenn Patterson, Bill Payne, Robert Pinsky, Maddy Prior, The Prodigals, Peter Quinn, Emerald Rae, Michael Robbins, Phil Robson, Salman Rushdie, Joe Russo, Brenda Shaughnessy, Gary Shteyngart, Tracy K. Smith, Zadie Smith, So Percussion, Louise Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, Sam Sullivan, Christine Tobin, Colm Toibin, Dan Trueman, Pierce Turner, John Vanderslice, Loudon Wainwright III, Sean Wilentz, Edmund White, Colson Whitehead, Monica Youn, Kevin Young, and Warren Zanes.
While it has been presented in other settings, 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.