Alicia Ostriker is a major American poet and critic. Author of 17 collections of poetry, she has been twice nominated for the National Book Award, and has twice received the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, among other honors. As a critic she is the author of the now-classic Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America, and other books on poetry and on the Bible, most recently For the Love of God: the Bible as an Open Book. Her most recent collections of poems are Waiting for the Light and The Volcano and After: Selected and New Poems 2002-2019..Her poems have been translated into numerous languages including Hebrew and Arabic. She is currently the New York State Poet Laureate and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
“Alicia Ostriker has become one of those brilliantly provocative and imaginatively gifted contemporaries whose iconoclastic expression, whether in prose or poetry, is essential to understanding our American selves.” —Joyce Carol Oates
“Ostriker is our morning-after psalmist; our wild, justice-starved, embodied, dazzling intelligence in its unending argument with itself, he world, and God.”—Eleanor Wilner
“Ostriker forges ahead, more audacious and sure-footed than ever, invigorated by her task to take us with her all the way. —Toi Derricotte
Alicia Ostriker was recently interviewed by Nicolette Reim for The Arts Section. In addition to discussing the process of writing poetry, she comments on W.H. Auden’s claim “Poetry makes nothing happen.” Ostriker says “Poetry can foster the compassionate humanity that may slowly, slowly, despite backlash, bring progress.” Read the full interview here.