The University of Houston Creative Writing Program, in association with Inprint, presents a talk by poet/scholar Alicia Ostriker entitled The Poetry of the City. Ostriker is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections and a number of scholarly works. Twice a finalist for a National Book Award, Ostriker has received awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others, and she is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Joyce Carol Oates writes that Ostriker is “one of those brilliantly provocative and imaginatively gifted contemporaries whose iconoclastic expression, whether in prose or poetry, is essential to our understanding of our American selves.” She appeared in the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series with Major Jackson in February 2011; click here to watch a video of the reading.
Description of the talk: “The Poetry of the City: As the world grows increasingly urban, so does the rough magic of poetry. Beginning with the almost-incredible story of a poem that changed the meaning of America, Ostriker will comment on her current project—the poetry of the city—in her own work and the work of others, tracking ‘the hurrying human tides’ of how we live now.”
This event is free and open to the public. Audience discussion will follow.
This and other events surrounding Alicia Ostriker’s Houston visit are made possible by the Inprint Fund.