The Blaney Lecture

Alicia Ostriker (Photo credit: J. P. Ostriker)
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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. 

Co-hosted by the NYU Creative Writing Program. This event is free and open to the public. There will be limited seats available.


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 Clifton2016


Joy Harjo, Ancestors: A Mapping of Indigeneous Poetry & Poets, 2015

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Richard Blanco, On Becoming A Presidential Inaugural Poet, 2014


Carolyn ForchéNot Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness, 2013

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Elizabeth Alexander, Rethinking Lucille Clifton, 2012


Susan Howe, The Whispered Rush, Telepathy of Archives, 2011

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Anne Carson, 2010

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