2023 Inaugural Conference: Nomi Stone Interviews Alicia Ostriker

Alicia Ostriker has published seventeen volumes of poetry, including The Volcano and After; Waiting for the Light; The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog; The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011; No Heaven; The Volcano Sequence; and The Imaginary Lover, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. She was twice a National Book Award Finalist, for The Little Space (1998) and The Crack in Everything (1996), and twice a National Jewish Book Award winner. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Paris Review, Yale Review, Ontario Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Anthology, and many other journals and anthologies, and has been translated into numerous languages including Hebrew and Arabic. Ostriker’s critical work includes the now-classic Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America, and other books on American poetry and on the Bible.

Poet and anthropologist Nomi Stone is the author of three books, most recently the poetry collection Kill Class (Tupelo, 2019), finalist for the Julie Suk Award and the ethnography Pinelandia, finalist for the Atelier award (University of California Press, 2022). Stone’s poems appear in The Atlantic, POETRY Magazine, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The Nation, and The New Republic. She is an Assistant Professor in Poetry at the University of Texas, Dallas and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at Princeton. Stone has won a Pushcart, a Fulbright, and conducted fieldwork across the Middle East and the United States.