Poet is Writer in Residence, will offer public reading

Apr 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Campus News, Feb. 24

Acclaimed American poet and critic Alicia Ostriker will give a public reading March 10 and participate in other community activities as part of a visit sponsored by UNL.

Ostriker is this year’s “Writer in Residence” for the English Department.

Her March 10 reading, which will be followed by a reception and book signing, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Great Plains Art Museum. She also will teach a two-week intensive graduate poetry workshop, visit Lincoln high school classes, and meet with members of UNL’s Judaic Studies program and Lincoln’s Jewish community.

Ostriker, twice a finalist for the National Book Award, has written several books of poetry and essays covering a wide variety of personal and political topics, including marriage and motherhood, the Holocaust and conflicts in the Middle East. Her most recent book of poetry, “The Book of Seventy,” (2009) which addresses the issue of aging, won a National Jewish Book Award from the New York-based Jewish Book Council. She also has written about the Bible based on interpretations from a feminist perspective.

She is professor emerita of English at Rutgers University. She also has taught within the New England College Low-Residency Poetry MFA Program, in the Princeton University Creative Writing Program and in Toni Morrison’s Atelier Program.

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