The Poetry of the City

with Alicia Ostriker
Distinguished Poet-in-Residence in Drew’s MFA Program and Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Crawford Hall
Ehinger Center

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, please contact Karen Landrigan at or 973-408-3741.

Alicia Ostriker, a poet and critic, has published 15 volumes of poetry, including The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Ostriker 12.21.52 PMDog, The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979–2011; and The Imaginary Lover, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. She was twice a National Book Award Finalist, for The Little Space and The Crack in Everything. Ostriker is known for her intelligent and passionate appraisal of women’s place in literature. Ostriker’s critical work includes the now-classic Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America and other books on American poetry from Walt Whitman to the present. She is also the author of critical books on the Bible, including the controversial The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions. Her newest prose work is For The Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book. In 2015, Ostriker was appointed a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She is professor emerita of English at Rutgers University and the Distinguished Poet-in-Residence in Drew University’s low-residency MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

The Merrill Maguire Skaggs Lecture Series was endowed in 2011 by friends, colleagues, students, and family members of Merrill Maguire Skaggs, former Baldwin Professor of Humanities and dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, to honor her legacy and memory. The series hosts distinguished visiting scholars and lecturers with expertise in the literature and ideas that Professor Skaggs taught and loved throughout her life, including American studies and American literature.