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Renee Ellen Olander

Renee Ellen Olander

  • Old Dominion University
    Regional Higher Education Centers
    Virginia Beach, VA 23453
  • Phone: 757-368-4102
  • E-mail: rolander@odu.edu

Author's Bio

Renee Olander loves to read and write and is a passionate advocate for poetry and the powers of language and the imagination. She has taught at Old Dominion University, and around the Hampton Roads region, for more than 25 years. As a teacher, she works with diverse populations including K-12 and college students, and senior citizens; she also has broad experience leading K-12 teachers in integrating poetry across the curriculum. Olander earned an MFA in Creative Writing (U. Southern Maine), an MA in English (Old Dominion U.), and a BA English (Mary Baldwin College). She currently works as Assistant Vice President for Regional Higher Education Centers at Old Dominion U.

Publications and Prizes

A Few Spells (Finishing Line Press, 2010)
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)
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
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:
Sor Juana, or the Traps of Faith by Octavio Paz, Reversible Monuments, Contemporary Mexican Poetry by Monica de la Torre & Michael Wiegers (editors)
Favorite Books:
Leaves of Grass Jane Eyre 100 Years of Solitude Sunstone Moses, Man of the Mountain The Life of Poetry
Favorite Authors:
Walt Whitman June Jordan Emily Dickinson Zora Neale Hurston

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Listing last updated: July 6, 2011

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Born in:
Corpus Christi, TX
Raised in:
Honolulu, HI

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