Walt Whitman Birthplace Association 1992 Poet in Residence

Sharon Olds


Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in England, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Many of her other awards include a Pulitzer Prize for her poem Stag’s Leap, a James Laughlin Award and a National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Poetry for her Poem The Dead and the Living, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts.


Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helped to found the NYU workshop program for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. She lives in New Hampshire and in New York City.


Information taken from the poet’s website.

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