Acclaimed poet to give 2011 Emily Dickinson Lecture

October 07, 2011

Acclaimed poet and educator Sharon Olds will give the 2011 Emily Dickinson Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in 129 Alumni Hall, the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. The lecture is free to the public.

Olds is the author of eight highly celebrated volumes of poetry including "One Secret Thing" and "Blood, Tin, Straw."  Her writing, said Michael Ondaatje, is “pure fire in the hands.”

Her numerous honors include a National Education Association grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for The Dead and the Living (1983). Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times. Named New York State Poet Laureate (1998 – 2000), Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University, as well as the writing workshop she helped found at a 900-bed state hospital for the severely disabled.

The Emily Dickinson Lecture is made possible with the support of George and Barbara Kelly and the Penn State Department of English. For more information on the events, contact Mark Morrisson at


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