Sharon Olds - 1440 Multiversity

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Sharon Olds

Pultizer Prize-winning poet, NYU professor

Sharon Olds is one of contemporary poetry’s leading voices. She is known for writing intensely personal, emotionally scathing poetry which graphically depicts family life as well as global political events. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her book Stag’s Leap, and she has been praised for the courage, emotional power, and extraordinary physicality of her work.

Born in San Francisco, California, Sharon studied at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living; and the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first collection, Satan Says.

Sharon is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including: Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002; Blood, Tin, Straw; The Gold Cell; The Wellspring; One Secret Thing; The Unswept Room; The Father; and Odes. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, Atlantic, and New York Times.

The New York State Poet Laureate from 1998 to 2000, Sharon teaches graduate-level poetry at New York University. She also cofounded NYU’s Goldwater Writing Project, a creative writing workshop that was held at Roosevelt Island’s Coler-Goldwater Hospital.

Previous Programs

Loving Poetry Together and Finding Our Own Lines

December 5 - 9, 2018

Wednesday - Sunday, 4 nights

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous, or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do. – Naomi Shihab Nye, “Famous” Have you forgotten what a poem can do? Or what you can do? This is the time to reclaim all...