Alicia Ostriker was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1937. She received her BA from Brandeis University in 1959 and went on to earn her MA and PhD in literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She's written more than ten poetry collections (Waiting for the Light; The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog; At the Revelation Restaurant and Other Peoms). Awards include the Paterson Poetry Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1976, and has written many books of critical writing, which include Dancing at the Devil's Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics and the Erotic; The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions; and Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women's Poetry in America.
"[She] has become one of those brilliantly provocative and imaginatively gifted contemporaries whose iconoclastic expression, whether in prose or poetry, is essential to our understanding of our American selves." - Joyce Carol Oates