Poet and Critic Alicia Ostriker Hosted by Eagle Pond Author's Series at PSU October 31

PLYMOUTH, —  The Eagle Pond Author's Series at Plymouth State University will present a free reading by poet and critic Alicia Ostriker at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 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.

Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Author's 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, (603) 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).