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Alicia Ostriker is an award-winning poet, scholarly critic and activist. Her poetry and criticism often examine themes of family, social justice, feminism, Jewish identity and personal growth. As a major poet and critic, she has been recognized with various accolades, including awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Poetry Society of America and the San Francisco State Poetry Center, among others. She is the author of more than 14 volumes of poetry, including “The Book of Seventy,” winner of the Jewish Book Award for Poetry. Her latest collection of poems, “The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog” (University of Pittsburg Press), is for readers at all levels. This book includes a sequence of delightful poems told through the voices of an old woman full of memories, a glamorous tulip and an earthly dog who always has the last word.

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Alicia Ostriker

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