Renee Ellen Olander


Old Dominion University
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

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 climate change mitigations and resilience.

Publications & Prizes

Feminine Rising (Cynren Press, 2019)
Forgotten Women (Grayson Books, 2017)
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)
American Dangerous (Backlash Press, 2018)
A Few Spells (Finishing Line Press, 2010)
13th Moon
5 A.M.
Allegheny Review
Artword Quarterly
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California Quarterly
Controlled Burn
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Frisk Magazine
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Out of Line
Rhino Magazine
Sistersong: Women Across Cultures
Snake Nation Review
South Loop Review
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, Natalie Diaz, Virginia Woolf, Ovid
What I'm reading now: 
Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz, How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell, What You Have Heard Is True by Carolyn Forche

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Mixed Race
Prefers to work with: 
Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Corpus Christi, TX
Raised in: 
Honolulu, HI
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Last update: Aug 21, 2020