Renee Ellen Olander


Old Dominion University
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Author's Bio

Renée Ellen Olander is a radical writer disguised as an administrator.  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 works to advance regional interests, addressing the social determinants of health, healthcare disparities, climate change and recurrent flooding.

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, Barbara Kingsolver, Virginia Woolf, Ovid
What I'm reading now: 
A DAUGHTER OF THE RENAISSANCE Marie le Jars de Gourney by Marjorie Henry Ilsley, How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell, HOW TO LIVE, or a Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell, HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK by Faber & Mazlish

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: Mar 27, 2021