Renee Ellen Olander

Poet

Old Dominion University
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Phone: 
757-368-4108

Author's Bio

Renée Ellen Olander is author of American Dangerous, a poetry collection, and the chapbooks A Few Spells and Wild Flights. Her work has appeared widely, including in the Split This Rock, Heart Online and The Chronicle of Higher Education Poetry Month blogs, anthologies Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility, Forgotten Women, and Verse and Universe: Poems About Science and Mathematics, and journals Free State Review, The Café Review, South Loop Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review Best of the Decade, Rhino, Plainswoman, Dogwood Review, Snake~Nation~Review, 5am, The Writer's Chronicle, and many others. Recipient of the Kate Smith Award from Amelia Magazine, the Benn Award for Creative Writing from Mary Baldwin U., and a Pushcart Prize nomination from Sistersong: Women Across Cultures, Olander was raised on and around US military bases, and now leads a regional task force focused on mitigating climate change and sea-level rise.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Forgotten Women (Grayson Books, 2017)
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Hawai'i Pacific Review Best of the Decade 1997-2007 (Hawai'i Pacific Review, 2007)
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Sea of Voices, Isle of Story (Triple Tree Publishing, 2003)
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Verse & Universe (Milkweed Editions, 1998)
Book:
American Dangerous (Backlash Press, 2018)
Chapbook:
A Few Spells (Finishing Line Press, 2010)
Journals:
13th Moon
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5 A.M.
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Allegheny Review
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Amelia
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Artword Quarterly
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California Quarterly
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Controlled Burn
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Frisk Magazine
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Margie
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Out of Line
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Plainswoman
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Rhino Magazine
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Satori
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Sistersong: Women Across Cultures
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Snake Nation Review
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South Loop Review
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Wide Open Magazine
Prizes won: 

Kate Smith Award for Poetry - from AMELIA Magazine, 1988; Benn Award for Creative Writing - from Mary Baldwin U., 1984 & 1983.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Sappho, Walt Whitman, June Jordan, Muriel Rukeyser, Anne Waldman, Richard Hoffman, Zora Neale Hurston, Anne Carson, Natalie Diaz, Mark Twain, Richard Powers, Virginia Woolf, Roxane Gay
What I'm reading now: 
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister, Becoming by Michelle Obama, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Mixed Race
Prefers to work with: 
Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Corpus Christi, TX
Texas
Raised in: 
Honolulu, HI
Hawaii
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Last update: Sep 10, 2019