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Renee Ellen Olander

Author's Bio

Renée Ellen Olander grew up on and around military bases in Texas, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Hawai’i, and southeastern Virginia. Her poems have appeared in the Split This Rock, Heart Online and The Chronicle of Higher Education Poetry Month blogs, as well as in 13th Moon, Verse and Universe: Poems About Science and Mathematics, The Café Review, South Loop Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review Best of the Decade, Rhino, Plainswoman, Dogwood Review, Snake~Nation~Review,5am, and many other journals and anthologies. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination from Sistersong–Women Across Cultures. She earned a BA from Mary Baldwin College, and MA from Old Dominion University,and an MFA from University of Southern Maine, and she has taught literature, creative writing, and poetry pedagogy at university and K-12 levels for many years.

Publications and Prizes

Chapbooks:
A Few Spells (Finishing Line Press, 2010)
Anthologies:
Hawai'i Pacific Review Best of the Decade 1997-2007 (Hawai'i Pacific Review, 2007), Sea of Voices, Isle of Story (Triple Tree Publishing, 2003), Verse & Universe (Milkweed Editions, 1998)
Journals:
13th Moon, 5 A.M., Allegheny Review, Amelia, Artword Quarterly, California Quarterly, Controlled Burn, Dogwood, Frisk Magazine, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Margie, Oberon, Out of Line, Plainswoman, Rhino Magazine, Satori, Sistersong: Women Across Cultures, Snake Nation Review, South Loop Review, The Cafe Review, Wide Open Magazine
Prizes:
Kate Smith Award for Poetry - from AMELIA Magazine, 1988 Benn Award for Creative Writing - from Mary Baldwin College, 1984 & 1983.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, This House, My Bones by Elmaz Abinader, Fox Tooth Heart by John McManus
Favorite Books:
Leaves of Grass To the Lighthouse Sunstone The Life of Poetry
Favorite Authors:
Walt Whitman June Jordan Emily Dickinson Zora Neale Hurston Octavio Paz Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Virginia Woolf Sappho Joyce Carol Oates

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Listing last updated: January 23, 2016

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Other
Prefers to work with:
Any, Teachers
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Corpus Christi, TX
Raised in:
Honolulu, HI

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