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Sharon Olds


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Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and studied at Stanford University and Columbia University. When her first book was published, she was a few years shy of 40. Within a decade, she'd become the director of the Graduate Writing Program at NYU and released several highly acclaimed, best-selling collections. Her books include Satan Says (1980), The Dead and the Living (1984), The Gold Cell (1987), The Matter of This World (1987), The Sign of Saturn (1991), The Father (1992), The Wellspring (1996), Blood, Tin, Straw (1999), The Unswept Room (2002), Strike Sparks (2004), and One Secret Thing(2008). Her poems have also appeared in more than 100 poetry anthologies.

Olds was poet laureate of New York from 1998 to 2000. Her many honors include the T.S. Eliot Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent collection, Stag's Leap, came out in 2012.

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