October 27, 2015
Johnson State College’s BFA in Creative Writing Program welcomes acclaimed poet Olena Kalytiak Davis on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to read from her latest book, The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems. The reading, free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m. in Stearns Student Center’s Cinema Room.
A contributor to the Johnson State-based literary journal Green Mountains Review, Davis practices law and lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Dan Chaisson reviewed her latest book of poetry in The New Yorker, noting, “What makes Davis’s work exciting is the feeling it conveys of being ‘full-famished. / Famished-full,’ an emotional state with aesthetic ramifications: it sends us ricocheting from line to line and poem to poem looking for sustenance.”
Davis’ first collection of poetry, And Her Soul Out of Nothing (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997), was selected by Rita Dove for the 1997 Brittingham Prize. She is also the author of Shattered Sonnets, Love Cards, And Other Off and Backhanded Importunities (Bloomsbury/Tin House, 2003) and On the Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed (Hollyridge Press, 2009). Her poetry appeared in Best American Poetry 2014 (Scribner).
She was educated at Wayne State University, University of Michigan Law School, and Vermont College of Fine Arts.