Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds

About Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds is an American poet. She studied at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her poems have been published in several and important magazines and journals. Her first collection of poems dates back to 1980 at the age of 37. Her first collection, Satan Says, encapsulates the sensual and sexual candor that runs through most of her works. During her career she has collected several awards. In 2013, for the work Stag's Leap, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The poems that compose Stag's Leap were written in 1997, after her divorce, and deal mainly with her husband, sometimes with her mistress. This collection wins first the T. S. Eliot poetry prize and she was the first American to win this award. She has received also the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1984 and the first San Francisco Poetry Center Award in 1980. She was New York State Poet Laureate from 1998-2000 She currently lives in New York and teaches creative writing at New York University.
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