Monday, November 16th @ 6:30PM
Godwin-Ternbach Museum
Queens College
Klapper Hall, 4th Floor
65-30 Kissena Blvd.

The Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Translation is proud to be partnering with the Poetry Society of America to bring you our latest installment of our Literary Legacies series, featuring readings from two fantastic poets: the legendary Sharon Olds (Gugenheim Fellowship winner and author of numerous collections, including *Gold Cell,* *The Father,* and the Pulitzer Prize winning collection *Stag’s Leap*) and the incredible Robin Coste Lewis (whose *Voyage of the Sable Venus* is a finalist for the National Book Award this year).
This not-to-be-missed reading will be followed by Q&A facilitated by Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the PSA, and a reception and book signing in the lobby of the Godwin Ternbach Museum.
If you go to only one reading this year, this should be it!

SHARON OLDS, one of contemporary poetry’s leading voices, is known for writing intensely personal, emotionally scathing poetry that graphically depicts family life as well as global political events. Praising her work, one critic wrote that Strike Sparks is “in many ways a poetic memoir.” Stag’s Leap, the most recent of her 12 books, won both the Pulitzer Prize and Britain’s T. S. Eliot prize. Olds was New York State poet laureate from 1998 to 2000; she teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at NYU and the workshop program at Goldwater Hospital.

ROBIN COSTE LEWIS received her MFA from NYU, where she studied with Sharon Olds, and an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from the Divinity School at Harvard University. For her debut collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus, Lewis weaves together personal, cultural, religious, and political histories to create a meditation on the black female figure throughout time. She is currently a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California.
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