Renee Olander, 42nd Annual ODU Literary Festival


Renee Olander

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Theatre

Author/Artist Bio

Renee Olander is author of the poetry collection American Dangerous and chapbooks A Few Spells and Wild Flights. Her work has appeared widely, including in the Split This Rock, Heart Online and The Chronicle of Higher Education Poetry Month blogs, the anthologies Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility, Forgotten Women, and Verse and Universe: Poems About Science and Mathematics, and journals Free State Review, The Café Review, South Loop Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review Best of the Decade, Rhino, Plainswoman, Dogwood Review, Snake~Nation~Review, 5am and The Writer’s Chronicle. Recipient of the Kate Smith Award from Amelia Magazine, the Benn Award for Creative Writing from Mary Baldwin University, and a Pushcart Prize nomination from Sistersong: Women Across Cultures, Olander works at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and leads a regional task force focused on climate change and sea-level rise.


Olander's reading of poems from American Dangerous took place on Thursday, October 10, at 4 p.m. in the University Theatre. Philip Raisor also read as part of this event.


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