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Alicia Suskin Ostriker (born November 11, 1937) is an American poet and scholar who writes Jewish feminist poetry. Ostriker was born in Brooklyn, New York to David Suskin and Beatrice Linnick Suskin. Her mother read her Shakespeare, and Alicia began writing poems at an early age.

Ostriker went to high school at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in 1955. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University (1959), and an M.A. (1961) and Ph.D. (1964) from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Her doctoral dissertation, on the work of William Blake, became her first book, Vision and Verse in William Blake (1965). She began her teaching career at Rutgers University in 1965 and has served as a professor of English there since 1972. In 1969 her first collection of poems, Songs, was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Her fourth book of poems, The Mother-Child Papers (1980), a feminist classic, was inspired by the birth of her son during the Vietnam War; throughout, she juxtaposes musings about motherhood with musings about war.

Ostriker's books of nonfiction explore many of the same themes manifest in her verse. They include Writing Like A Woman (1983), which explores the poems of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, H.D., May Swenson and Adrienne Rich, and The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions (1994), which approaches the Torah with a midrashic sensibility. She wrote the introduction to the collected works of Puerto Rican poet Giannina Braschi entitled Empire of Dreams (1994).

Ostriker’s sixth collection of poems, The Imaginary Lover (1986), won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America. The Crack in Everything (1996) was a National Book Award finalist, and won the Paterson Poetry Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award. The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998 was also a 1998 National Book Award finalist.

Ostriker’s most recent nonfiction book is Dancing at the Devil’s Party (2000), where she examines the work of poets from Walt Whitman to Maxine Kumin. Early in the introduction to the book, she disagrees with W. H. Auden’s assertion that poetry makes nothing happen. Poetry, Ostriker writes, "can tear at the heart with its claws, make the neural nets shiver, flood us with hope, despair, longing, ecstasy, love, anger, terror [.]”

Alicia is married to the noted astronomer Jeremiah Ostriker who taught at Princeton University (1971—2001). She currently teaches poetry in New England College's Low-Residency MFA Program.

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Total Books: 18
Waiting for the Light
2017 - Waiting for the Light [Pitt Poetry Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780822964520
ISBN-10: 082296452X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Book of Life Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011
2012 - The Book of Life Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011 [Pitt Poetry Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780822961819
ISBN-10: 0822961814
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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What's Your Exit A Literary Detour Through New Jersey
2010 - What's Your Exit a Literary Detour Through New Jersey (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780977934355
ISBN-10: 0977934357
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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At the Revelation Restaurant and Other Poems
2010 - At the Revelation Restaurant and Other Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781934851067
ISBN-10: 193485106X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference
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The Mother/Child Papers With a new preface by the author
2009 - The Mother/child Papers with a New Preface By the Author [Pitt Poetry Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780822960331
ISBN-10: 0822960338
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No Heaven
2005 - No Heaven [Pitt Poetry Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780822958758
ISBN-10: 0822958759
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Little Space Poems Selected and New 1968-1998
1998 - The Little Space Poems Selected and New 1968-1998 [Pitt Poetry Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780822956808
ISBN-10: 0822956802
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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The Little Space Poems Selected and New 1968-1998
1998 - The Little Space Poems Selected and New 1968-1998 [Pitt Poetry Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780822940807
ISBN-10: 0822940809
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Stealing the Language The Emergence of Women's Poetry in America
1987 - Stealing the Language the Emergence of Women's Poetry in America (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780807063033
ISBN-10: 0807063037
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference, Christian Books & Bibles
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Stealing the Language the Emergence of W
1987 - Stealing the Language the Emergence of W (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780704340435
ISBN-10: 0704340437
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Politics & Social Sciences
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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The Imaginary Lover
1986 - The Imaginary Lover [Pitt Poetry Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780822935438
ISBN-10: 0822935430
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Imaginary Lover
1986 - The Imaginary Lover [Pittsburgh Poetry Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780822953852
ISBN-10: 0822953854
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Woman Under the Surface
1982 - A Woman Under the Surface [Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780691065120
ISBN-10: 0691065128
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Woman Under the Surface  Poems and Prose Poems
1982 - A Woman Under the Surface Poems and Prose Poems [Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691013909
ISBN-10: 069101390X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Songs
Songs (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780030810190
ISBN-10: 0030810191
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Once More Out of Darkness
Once More Out of Darkness (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780917658006
ISBN-10: 0917658000
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