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Meet New York State Poet Laureate, Alicia Ostriker

Alicia Ostriker, New York State Poet Laureate

Alicia Ostriker was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937. Ostriker received a BA from Brandeis University in 1959 and an MA and PhD in literature, in 1961 and 1964 respectively, from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

She is the author of sixteen poetry collections, including The Volcano and After: Selected and New Poems, 2002-2019 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020); Waiting for the Light (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017), which received the 2017 Berru Award in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash from the Jewish Book Council; The Crack in Everything (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), which was a National Book Award finalist and more.

She is professor emerita of English at Rutgers University, and a faculty member of the Drew University's Poetry MFA program. In 2018, she was named New York Poet by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Ostriker served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2015 to 2021. She lives in New York City.

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The GPL Poetry Collection

Here is just a sample of some of the poetry books in the GPL collection.
Poetry titles begin in the 811 area of non-fiction. Enjoy! 

GPL Audiobooks ~ Poetry

Latinx Poetry

Poets & Writers

Poetry Foundation

Meet Westchester County's Poet Laureate, B.K. Fischer

B.K. Fischer, Westchester Poet LaureateIn January 2021, the Westchester County Executive, George Latimer announced the county's "inaugural poet laureate, B.K. Fischer of Sleepy Hollow. Fischer, who has taught throughout Westchester and at Columbia University in Manhattan, is the author of five books of poetry — “Ceive,” “Radioapocrypha,” “My Lover’s Discourse,” “St. Rage’s Vault” and “Mutiny Gallery,” as well as a critical study, “Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry,” which explores poems inspired by the visual arts. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times; The Paris Review; Kenyon Review; Boston Review, where she spent six years as poetry editor; The Los Angeles Review of Books; FIELD; Literary Mama; Modern Language Studies; Ninth Letter; and other journals."  

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Meet Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate

Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate

                                                                    Joy Harjo was appointed the U.S. poet laureate in 2019. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1951, Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She is the author of several books of poetry, including An American Sunrise (W. W. Norton, 2019), and Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (W. W. Norton, 2015). She is a current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.