New Book for 2019

Reading Schedule:

Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m., Guilford Free Library, Guilford, Connecticut, hosted by the Guilford Poets Guild.

Monday, June 10, 7 p.m., Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ, hosted by the U.S. 1 Poets Collective.

Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m., Newtown Library Company, Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, October 20, 3-5 p.m., White Dog Poetry Salon, Portland, Oregon.

Friday, November 1, 7:30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, Palo Alto, California, hosted by the Waverley Writers.

New from Cherry Grove Collections

Will There Be Music?
poems by Sharon Olson

In  Sharon Olson’s book Will There Be Music? the poet employs a sharp eye to illuminate scenes from a fifties childhood, and during her journey seeks testimony from an array of disparate voices: a Swedish grandmother, a band of prostitutes, a waitress in a Fellini film. Her investigations  into the lives of artists and writers, among them John Sloan, Emil Nolde, Sartre and Stendhal, unfold with lyric intensity, deepening and darkening her report from an America where “gun cases beckon,” an earth that “would never be scrubbed clean.”


Cincinnati, Ohio, Cherry Grove Collections
ISBN: 978-1625493026, 106 pages, $19.00, 2019
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The loose ends of lives and generations are expertly bundled in these alert, meditative poems. Part of a poet’s task is to catch the resonances of time and Sharon Olson has done that.
—Baron Wormser

‘Will there be music?’ asks the poet in her title poem. This collection definitively answers that question: we cannot live without it.—Fred Marchant


Sharon Olson is a retired librarian, a Stanford graduate, with an M.L.S. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon. Her chapbook Clouds Brushed in Later (1987) won the Abby Niebauer Memorial Chapbook Award. A previous full-length book of poems, The Long Night of Flying, was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2006. She has published (with co-author Chris Schopfer) numerous articles about the Sandford family of New Jersey in The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey. After retiring from the Palo Alto City Library she and her husband moved initially to Guilford, Connecticut, and presently live in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She is a member of Cool Women, a poetry performance ensemble based in Princeton, New Jersey.


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