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Poet Sharon Olds Delivers Royal & Shirley Durst Lecture

Date Released: 9/14/2009

School of Humaniities presents award winning poet Sharon Olds on Monday, October 19 at 7 PM in The Performing Arts Center. Admission free. Call 914-251-6200 for tickets.

Sharon Olds an award-winning poet and educator will give the 2009 Royal & Shirley Durst Distinguished Lecture at Purchase College State University of New York on Monday, October 19 at 7 PM in the Performing Arts Center.  Admission is free.  Her talk is presented by the Purchase College School of Humanities.


Ms. Olds is the author of eight volumes of poetry including, most recently, One Secret Thing (2008).  Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and more than a hundred poetry collections.


She held the position of New York State Poet from 1998-2000. She teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University as well as a writing workshop she helped found at  a 900-bed state hospital for the severely disabled on Roosevelt Island.  She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.  A native of San Francisco, she completed undergraduate work at Stamford University and graduate work at Columbia University.  She lives in New York City.    


Tickets are available at The Performing Arts Center Box Office 914-251-6200 or visit