Sharon Olds

Finalist, 2022 National Book Awards
Finalist, 2002 National Book Awards

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. The winner of the Frost Medal, as well as both the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for her 2012 collection, Stag’s Leap.
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Balladz

ISBN 9780525656951 Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

“At the time of have-not, I look at myself in this mirror,” writes Olds in this self-scouring, exhilarating volume, which opens with a section of quarantine poems, and at its center boasts what she calls Amherst Balladz (whose syntax honors Emily Dickinson: “she was our Girl – our Woman – / Man enough – for me”) and many more in her own contemporary, long-flowing-sentence rhythm. More about this book >

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The Unswept Room

ISBN 9780375414893 Knopf

From poems that erupt out of history and childhood to those that embody the nurturing of a new generation of children and the transformative power of marital love, Sharon Olds takes risks, writing boldly of physical, emotional, and spiritual sensations that are seldom the stuff of poetry.  More about this book >

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Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. The winner of the Frost Medal, as well as both the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for her 2012 collection, Stag’s Leap. She is the author of 12 previous books of poetry and the winner of many other awards and honors, including the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first book, Satan Says, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for her second, The Dead and the Living, which was also the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983. Olds teaches in the graduate Creative Writing program at New York University and helped found the NYU outreach programs, among them the writing workshop for residents of the former Goldwater Memorial Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She lives in New York City.

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