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Best American Poetry on the Air: An interview and reading with American Poet Sharon Olds. David Lehman hosts this special audio program.

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Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds, born in San Francisco in 1942, studied at Stanford University and received a master's degree from Columbia University. Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first collection, Satan Says (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980); and the Lamont Poetry Selection and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead & the Living (Random House, 1983). Her other books of poetry, all from Alfred A. Knopf, are Blood, Tin, Straw (1999), The Gold Cell (1997), The Wellspring: Poems (1995), and The Father (1992). Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares.
Best American Poetry on the Air


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The Cortland Review presents a special audio interview with Sharon Olds, originally recorded as part of the "Best American Poetry on the Air" series.

"The Best American Poetry on the Air" is a radio offshoot of the best-selling annual poetry anthology, edited by David Lehman. In the on-air series, Lehman, assisted by Ed Webster, has recorded a series of five pilot programs, each featuring a different guest. In the five programs, Charles Bernstein, Donald Hall, Sharon Olds, Denise Duhamel, and Susan Wheeler read their poems and are interviewed by Lehman.

Sharon Olds was interviewed at the New School University where Lehman teaches in the graduate writing program.

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David Lehman's most recent book of poems, The Evening Sun (Scribner, 2002), collects 150 of the "daily poems" he wrote as an experiment during 1999 and 2000. He is the series editor of The Best American Poetry, which he initiated in 1988. The 2001 volume was edited by Robert Hass; the editor for 2002 is Robert Creeley.




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