Alicia Ostriker

New York, United States

Member Since: 09/02/2012

Alicia Ostriker is a poet and critic, author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently The Book of Seventy, which received the National Jewish Book Award, The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog, which brought her a Paterson Lifetime Achievement Award, and Waiting for the Light, which also received a National Jewish Book Award.  As a critic she is the author of Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women's Poetry in America, and several other books on poetry and on the Bible.  Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals, and has been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew and Arabic.  Twice a finalist for a National Book Award, she taught in the Drew University Low Residency MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, and is a current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and New York State Poet Laureate. Her newest book is The Volcano and After: Selected and New Poems 2002-2019.


  • Waiting for the Light , University of Pittsburgh Press (February 1, 2012)
  • The Volcano and After: Selected andNew Poems 2002-2019 , University of Pittsburgh Press (September 8, 2020)


  • Chancellor, Academy of American Poets(2012)
  • New York State Poet(2018)


  • PROFESSOR EMERITA at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY (September 1965 - June 2004)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry