The Blaney Lecture
The Blaney Lecture on contemporary poetry and poetics is offered annually in New York City by a prominent poet. Past lectures have been given by Sharon Olds, Joy Harjo, Richard Blanco, Carolyn Forche, Elizabeth Alexander, Susan Howe, and Anne Carson. The lecture was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board member Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, past president of Cedar Crest College and champion of women and education, by a gift from her estate.
New York State Poet and Academy Chancellor Alicia Ostriker will deliver this year’s Blaney Lecture with a talk on poetry and the city on November 30, 2018, 7 p.m., at the NYU Creative Writing Program - Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 W 10th St, New York, New York. Ostriker is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Waiting for the Light (University of PIttsburgh Press, 2017), which received the National Jewish Book Award. She is a professor emerita of English at Rutgers University. Registration details to be announced soon.
Past Blaney Lectures
Claudia Rankine, 2017
On November 30, 2017, Academy Chancellor and author of the best-selling Citizen, Claudia Rankine, delivered the Blaney Lecture at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This event marked fifty years since the Academy launched poetry events at the Guggenheim with the first-ever public reading of “The Dream Songs” by John Berryman in 1967.
Sharon Olds, Favorite Moments in Poems from Chaucer to Clifton, 2016
Joy Harjo, Ancestors: A Mapping of Indigeneous Poetry & Poets, 2015
Richard Blanco, On Becoming A Presidential Inaugural Poet, 2014
Carolyn Forché, Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness, 2013
Elizabeth Alexander, Rethinking Lucille Clifton, 2012
Susan Howe, The Whispered Rush, Telepathy of Archives, 2011
Anne Carson, 2010