The Blaney Lecture

The Blaney Lecture on contemporary poetry and poetics is offered annually in New York City by a prominent poet. Past lectures have been given by Sharon Olds, Joy Harjo, Richard Blanco, Carolyn Forche, Elizabeth Alexander, Susan Howe, and Anne Carson. The lecture was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board member Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, past president of Cedar Crest College and champion of women and education, by a gift from her estate.


Past Blaney Lectures

Terrance Hayes, Survey of an American Century, 2019

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Alicia Ostriker, Containing Multitude: Poetry and the City, 2018

Claudia Rankine, 2017


Sharon OldsFavorite Moments in Poems from Chaucer to Clifton2016


Joy Harjo, Ancestors: A Mapping of Indigeneous Poetry & Poets, 2015

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Richard Blanco, On Becoming A Presidential Inaugural Poet, 2014


Carolyn ForchéNot Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness, 2013

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Elizabeth Alexander, Rethinking Lucille Clifton, 2012


Susan Howe, The Whispered Rush, Telepathy of Archives, 2011

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Anne Carson, 2010

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