60 Seconds with Sharon Olds

October 14, 2013

WORDS WITH JAM (they “email out issues packed full of interviews with authors and industry professionals, articles on writingreadinglibraries, the publishing industry and indie-publishing every other month”)  features a fun and brief Q&A with Sharon Olds.

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Which book most influenced you when growing up? 

The Bible — the Psalms and Song of Solomon.

Describe your writing space – what’s in it and why? 

Window overlooking water, trees, sky (city or country); train, bus (window seat); any window overlooking anything.




Check out ‘s article in The Rumpus about Sharon Olds’ poem “Satan Says”!

“It’s that last line that gets me every time, and really “makes” the poem for me. It feels like a true catharsis, that a discovery has been made by the poet through her process of writing. But what is this discovery? For me, it’s a caution – for writers especially – against simplistic notions of good and evil.”



Massachusetts Poetry Festival

April 28, 2013

Sharon Olds will be reading at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, May 3-5. More details here in an article in the Boston Globe. Also she will be signing books at the Ipswich Museum on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport at 7 p.m. on May 10.  

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Concord Monitor Article

April 18, 2013

Another lovely article by the Concord Monitor, by Mike Pride on Sharon Olds’ newest collection of poetry Stag’s Leap, which just won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. “In the 92-year history of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Olds is the eighth poet with strong New Hampshire ties to win it. Robert Frost, who began writing poetry […]

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April 16, 2013

Sharon Olds won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Stag’s Leap, a collection of poems that portray the end of a marriage. (AP) READ THE FULL LIST HERE NPR:  Poet Sharon Olds won the Pulitzer for Stag’s Leap, a collection of poems that resulted, as Tess Taylor wrote for NPR in late 2012, from Olds’ […]

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Concord Monitor on Sharon Olds

January 25, 2013

As a part-time New Hampshire resident, the Concord Monitor proudly featured an article on Sharon Olds this week regarding the T.S. Elliot award. “Certain Brits may be feeling a tad bent out of shape at the moment. New Hampshire’s own Sharon Olds has won the coveted T.S. Eliot Prize, an award bestowed on an American […]

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Sharon Olds Wins T.S. Eliot Award

January 15, 2013

The annual award, celebrating its 20th anniversary, goes to what a panel of poets decides is the best collection of verse published in the United Kingdom and Ireland each year, and is considered to be one of the world’s top poetry prizes. Stag’s Leap, published in Britain by Jonathan Cape, was chosen from a record 131 submissions […]

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Interview with The Guardian

January 6, 2013

Sharon Olds: ‘I want a poem to be useful’ The celebrated American poet on her abusive childhood, the end of her marriage and writing about pain  “Sharon Olds has the wrong surname. At 70, you can see the young woman in Olds – in the sweep of her long hair and her gentle voice. Even […]

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November 6, 2012

New York City Reading! NYU Creative Writing Program senior faculty member Sharon Olds shares poems from her newly published collection, “Stag’s Leap” (Knopf, 2012). Introduced by Deborah Landau! Location: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues 7pm    

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TS Eliot prize for poetry announces ‘fresh, bold’ shortlist!

October 23, 2012

Newcomer Sean Borodale joins major names including Sharon Olds and Kathleen Jamie and Simon Armitage  A “fresh, bold” shortlist for the TS Eliot prize for poetry pits Sean Borodale‘s first collection against major names Simon Armitage, Sharon Olds and Kathleen Jamie.   Read more HERE! 

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