Connections Literary Series: Sharon Olds

April 21, 2021
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Online Via Zoom


Sharon Olds studied at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first collection, Satan Says (1980); and the Lamont Poetry Selection and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living (1983). Her other books of poetry are Strike Sparks: Selected Poems 1980-2002 (2004), Blood, Tin, Straw (1999), The Gold Cell (1997), The Wellspring (1995), One Secret Thing (2008), The Unswept Room (2002), The Father (1992), and Odes (2016). In 2018 her collection, Stag’s Leap, was made into a theatrical piece by Nancy Borgenicht. Her most recent book is a collection of poems titled Arias which was shortlisted for the 2019 TS Eliot Prize. Named New York State Poet Laureate (1998 – 2000), Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University and the writing workshop she helped found at a 900-bed statehospital for the severely disabled (now in its 30th year). She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. Her poetry collection, One Secret Thing, was a finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize & the Forward Prize, and her collection, Stag’s Leap (2012), was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Reads of 2012 and won the T.S. Eliot Prize, and also the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In 2014, Olds was awarded the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. In 2015, she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016, Olds received the Wallace Stevens Award, given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.

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