Sharon Olds has authored eight volumes of poetry. The most recent, Stag's Leap (Knopf, 2012), won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her many honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living (Knopf, 1984). She was New York State Poet Laureate 1998-2000. Currently, she is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University and the writing workshop she helped found at a state hospital for the severely disabled.
Richard Blanco was inaugural poet at President Obama's second Inauguration, thus becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor. He is author of the collections Looking for the Gulf Motel (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (Univ. of Arizona Press, 2005) and City of a Hundred Fires (Pittsburgh Press, 1998). His poems have appeared in countless literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Prose Poems and Ploughshares. Blanco has authored two memoirs, The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood (Ecco, 2014) and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey (Beacon Press, 2013).
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