is a previous director of the Creative Writing Program at NYU. Her first book of poetry, Satan Says
, received the San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second book, The Dead and the Living
, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of The Gold Cell, The Father, The Wellspring, Blood, Tin, Straw, The Unswept Room, Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980- 2002,
and One Secret Thing
. In 2012 her collection Stag's Leap was awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. She received a Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Grant in 1993, part of which was designated for the NYU workshop program at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island. In 1997, she received the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award. From 1998-2000 she was the New York State Poet Laureate. Professor Olds holds the Erich Maria Remarque Professorship at NYU.