The Humanities Initiative is proud to announce and celebrate the outstanding achievement of NYU Professor of English Sharon Olds, who received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her collection, Stag’s Leap (Alfred A. Knopf).
The New York Times stated that “the poems in Stag’s Leap were written after the breakup of Ms. Olds’s 30-year marriage in 1997,” and that she had “promised her children, fully grown at the time, that she wouldn’t publish the poems in a book for several years. ‘I didn’t want them to have to be concentrating on Mom’s writing while they were adjusting to the new family pattern of life,’” she told the Times. Catch up on all of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners here.
In the past, Olds has also been the recipient of many other awards. She has been short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize for The Father (Knopf 1992), has received the Lila Walalce-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, 1993-1996, and received the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for The Dead and the Living (Knopf 1984).
A heartfelt congratulations to Professor Olds for her recent accomplishment! We look forward to celebrating more successes in the humanities in the coming academic year!
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