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NYU’s Sharon Olds Wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

April 16, 2013

Sharon Olds, a faculty member in New York University’s Creative Writing Program, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “Stag’s Leap.”

The verses in “Stag’s Leap” (Alfred A. Knopf), which the Pulitzer Board described as a “book of unflinching poems on the author’s divorce that examine love, sorrow, and the limits of self-knowledge,” were written after the end of Olds’ 30-year marriage in 1997.

“Sharon Olds is a brilliant poet and beloved senior member of our teaching faculty in the Creative Writing Program at NYU,” said Deborah Landau, director of the Creative Writing Program. “Her voice has been a crucial, influential force in American poetry for many years. We’re thrilled to see her extraordinarily beautiful and powerful new collection lauded in this way.”

Olds, the Erich Maria Remarque Professor at NYU and previous director of NYU’s Creative Writing Program, has written a dozen books of poetry, including “Satan Says” (1980), “The Dead and the Living” (1984), which captured the National Book Critics Circle Award, “The Gold Cell” (1987), “The Father” (1992), “The Wellspring” (1996), “Blood, Tin, Straw” (1999), “The Unswept Room” (2002), “Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002” (2004), and “One Secret Thing” (2008). From 1998 to 2000, she was the New York State Poet Laureate.

The NYU Creative Writing Program, among the most distinguished programs in the country, is a leading national center for the study of writing and literature. The undergraduate and graduate programs provide students with an opportunity to develop their craft while working closely with some of the finest poets and novelists writing today. The Creative Writing Program occupies a townhouse on West 10th Street in the same Greenwich Village neighborhood where so many writers have lived and worked. The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House allows writers--established and emerging--to share their work in an inspiring setting. For more, visit


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NYU’s Sharon Olds Wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Sharon Olds, below, a faculty member in NYU’s Creative Writing Program, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “Stag’s Leap.” The Pulitzer Board described the verses as a compilation "of unflinching poems on the author’s divorce that examine love, sorrow, and the limits of self-knowledge."

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