mu writers ostriker

mu writers ostrikerPHOTO: Writer Alicia Ostriker

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series continues with a reading by poet and critic Alicia Ostriker on Tuesday, October 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Pollak Theatre on Monmouth University’s campus.

Alicia Ostriker is a poet and critic, author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently The Book of Seventy (winner of the National Jewish book Award), The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog, and Waiting for the Light.  She has received the Paterson Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and has been twice nominated for the National Book Award, among other honors. As a critic she is the author of Stealing the Language; the Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America, and other books on poetry and on the Bible. She is distinguished Professor Emerita of Rutgers University, teaches in the low-residency Poetry MFA program at Drew university, and is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

In 1969 her first collection of poems, Songs, was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Her fourth book of poems, The Mother-Child Papers (1980), a feminist classic, was inspired by the birth of her son during the Vietnam War and weeks after the Kent State shootings; throughout, she juxtaposes musings about motherhood with musings about war. Ostriker’s books of nonfiction explore many of the same themes manifest in her verse. They include Writing Like A Woman (1983), which explores the poems of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, H.D., May Swenson and Adrienne Rich, and The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions (1994), which approaches the Torah with a midrashic sensibility.

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates offered these words on Ostriker, “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.”

Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts Visiting Writers Series brings the most celebrated poets and authors from around the world (Andrei Codrescu, Colm Tóibín, Adam Zagajewski,) and our own back yard (Long Branch’s own US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky) to the beautiful auditorium of the University’s centerpiece, historic Wilson Hall. With our Visiting Writers Series, we hope the audience will experience a renewed sense of their relationship to poetry and fiction, to language, and to be moved emotionally by that writer’s representation of what it means to be a human being, whether that experience is one of joy, celebration, longing, or sorrow.

For additional information, please contact the director of the Visiting Writers Series, Michael Thomas at 732-263-5635 or visit


Event:                 A Reading by Alicia Ostriker

Date:                   Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time:                   4:30 p.m.

Where:                Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave.,West Long Branch, NJ

Sponsored By:    Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts

Cost:                    Free and Open to the Public


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