PLYMOUTH — The Eagle Pond Authors Series at Plymouth State University will present a free reading by poet and critic Alicia Ostriker at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Ostriker is a poet, critic and activist known for her intelligence and passionate appraisal of women’s place in literature, and for investigating themes of family, social justice, Jewish identity and personal growth.
Ostriker told Contemporary Authors: “People who do not know my work ask me what I write about. I answer: love, sex, death, violence, family, politics, religion, friendship, painters and painting, the body in sickness and health, joy and pain. I try not to write the same poem over and over. I try to stretch my own envelope, to write what I am afraid to write.”
Twice a National Book Award finalist, Ostriker has published 14 volumes of poetry including “The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011,” “No Heaven,” “The Volcano Sequence” and “The Imaginary Lover.” Her critical work includes the now-classic “Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America,” and “The Mother/Child Papers,” which was reprinted recently by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Joyce Carol Oates noted, “Alicia Ostriker has become one of those brilliantly provocative and imaginatively gifted contemporaries whose iconoclastic expression, whether in prose or poetry, is essential to our understanding of our America selves.”
Ostriker says, “When I write a poem, I am crawling into the dark. Or else I am an aperture. Something needs to be put into language, and it chooses me. I invite such things.”
Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Authors Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation’s most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.
Hall will be on hand to introduce Ostriker, and both will stay after the reading for an author’s reception and book signing.
Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Author’s Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535 2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).
General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.