List of Published Work

Will There Be Music?, Cherry Grove Collections, Cincinnati, Ohio, February 2019.

The Long Night of Flying, Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco, California, 2006.

Waverley Writers: Celebrating 25 Years, 1981-2005, designed by Robert Perry, compiled and edited by Sharon Olson and Palmer Pinney, Waverley Writers, Palo Alto, California, 2007.

Clouds Brushed in Later, an Abby Niebauer Memorial Chapbook, selected by Carolyn Forché, San Jose Poetry Center Press, 1987.

Scholarly Articles
Articles Published in The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey (GMNJ):

Sharon Olson, “Three John Sandford/Sanford/Santfords, Three Revolutionary War Soldiers,” GMNJ 95:3, September 2020, 131-144, and GMNJ 96:1, January 2021, 23-37.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited; Part One: The European Origin of William Sandford, Founder of New Barbadoes,” GMNJ 91:2, May 2016, pp. 66-76.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited; Part Two: Caribbean Intrigue and Turmoil,” GMNJ 91:3, September 2016, 166-183.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited; Part Three: Settlement in Unsettled New Jersey,” GMNJ 92:1, January 2017, 36-49.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited; Part Four: William Sandford’s Immediate Family,” GMNJ 92:2, May 2017, 99-115.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited; Part Five: William Sandford’s Immediate Family (continued),” GMNJ 92:3, September 2017, 155-168.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “Notes on the Ancestry of Barne Cosens,” GMNJ 92:3, September 2017, 169-173.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited; Part Six: William Sandford’s Immediate Family (continued),” GMNJ 93:1, January 2018, 30-41.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited; Part Seven: Third and Fourth Generations, Descendants of William Sandford (continued),” GMNJ 93:2, May 2018, 88-100.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited; Part Eight: Third and Fourth Generations, Descendants of William Sandford (continued),” GMNJ 93:3, September 2018, 178-189.

Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, “The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited; Part Nine: Third and Fourth Generations, Descendants of William Sandford (concluded),”  GMNJ 94:1, January 2019, 23-39.

Poems in Anthologies

“Caryatids,” “Motley Fool,” “No Breath, No Smut,” “Paroxysms,” “The Sacred and the Profane,” “That Day,” “The Two Cakes,” and “The Miraculous Draught of Fishes,” Cool Women Volume Six, November 2016.

“Old Lyme Lovers,” Poetry and Art Along the Connecticut River, Perennial Designs, July 2016.

“Still Cooking at Ninety-Seven,” Ragged Sky Anthology of Poems about Coffee & Chocolate, Ragged Sky Press, 2016.

“Running the Bases,” Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems, Persea Books, 2014.

“Looking for My Other Brother,” Blanket Stories, Ragged Sky Press, 2014.

“Guilford Song” and “Regicide Cellar,” The Guilford Poets Guild Tenth Anniversary Anthology,  Guilford Poets Guild, Guilford, Connecticut, 2009.

“Looking Over Gilmanton,” “Resting After the Fall,” “The Dream of Loon Pond,” and “Bradley  Wood, in Memoriam,” Loon Pond Anthology, Gilmanton, New Hampshire, 2002.

“Berkeley-Oakland Hills, October, 1991,” Fire in the Hills : A Collective Remembrance, Patricia Adler, publisher and editor, 1992.

“Verdi Goes for a Walk with Giuseppina,” Best of Fresh Hot Bread II, Waverley Writers, 1994.

“Fellini Remembers His Childhood” and “Room 207,” Best of Fresh Hot Bread, Waverley Writers, 1984.

“On the Way to the Bomb Shelter,” Peace or Perish : A Crisis Anthology, Poets for Peace, 1983.

“Mastering Herbalism,” Coast Light : An Anthology, Coastlight Press, 1981. 

Broadsides, Etc.

Poem “Tide Pools” printed for poster to publicize Cool Women reading.

Poems read at Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut, as part of “Paintings & Poetry: A Tour in Verse”: “Who’s Who” (2012), “There is a Point to Everything” (2014), “The Bass Have Vanished” (2015), “Black and White and Red All Over” (2016), “My Classmate Named Salk” (2019).

“Camino del Medio,” painted on a wall in Midtown, Palo Alto, California, as one of six winners of the Midtown Poetry Wall competition, dedicated in May 2004.

“What Was Left Behind,” broadside published as runner-up in 1997 Printers Inc. Poetry Contest.

Poems in Magazines and Journals

“Maintaining One's Position,U.S. 1 Worksheets, 2023 (forthcoming).

“Long Before the Internet,U.S. 1 Worksheets, 2022.

The Caterpillars,A Book of Matches, Issue 6, Fall 2022, page 136.

“Aubade,“Getting Back to the Garden,“Sauntering Along the Via Piazzuola, 1967,“Siena, the Palio,“Watching the Names Appear,Ginosko Literary Journal, No. 28, Spring 2022. (Online, see pages 66-70).

Taking the Bait: Guilford, Connecticut,” Poetry X Hunger, 11/7/2021, see also link to video

“Not Merely a Gentle Prod, The New Verse News, April 13, 2021.

“The War Painter in Paris,U.S. 1 Worksheets, 2021.

“Summer Winding Down, Salisbury, 1666,” The New Verse News, September 13, 2020.

“Space Available,” The New Verse News, July 21, 2020.

“That Day,” Verse Daily, July 12, 2020.

Ode To My Shopper, The New Verse News, May 25, 2020.

“The Triangle,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, 2020.

“Strait of Hormuz: An Opera in One Act,” The New Verse News, June 22, 2019.

“Untitled, featured on The Writer's Almanac for June 11, 2019.

“Goe From My Window, My Love, My Love,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, 2019.

“Hanging Up the Wash at the Brophys,” Sourland Journal, Autumn 2018.

“One Fine Day,” Heron Tree (published online July 8, 2018).

“In the Bowery,” Heron Tree (published online February 4, 2018).

“All Flesh is Grass,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, 2018.

“Meditation in Rome,” New Verse News (published online November 14, 2017).

Busting Out, U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative (2017).

Going Down the Line, Railroad Poems (chapbook), American Narrative Poetry, Fall 2015.

“The Marriage Ceremony,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative (2016).

“Trees Painted White, ” The Curator (published online July 23, 2015)

“Material, Suspended,” Adanna, Issue #5, 2015.

“Gardening Suits,” Princeton Magazine, April 2015. 

“Bridging the Gap,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, Volume 60, 2015. 

“The Miraculous Draught of Fishes,” String Poet, Volume V, Issue 1, Summer 2015.

“The Sacred and the Profane” and “Duck Girl,” Organs of Vision and Speech Magazine, Summer 2014.

“Made Up and Masked,” The Midwest Quarterly August 2014 special issue Work and Play.

“Amtrak Station, Aberdeen, Maryland,” The Midwest Quarterly April 2014 special issue Rural and Urban.

“No Breath, No Smut,” “Motley Fool,” and “Paroxysms,” Off the Coast, Winter 2014.

“Brain Work,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, Princeton, New Jersey, Volume 59, 2014. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

“The Drama Teacher,” Edison Literary Review (2014).

“Caryatids,” Cider Press Review, Volume 16-1, 2014.

“A New Friend” and “The Two Cakes,” California Quarterly, California State Poetry Society, Volume 39, Number 3, 2013.

“The Prince of Harmony, Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494),” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, Princeton, New Jersey, Volume 58, 2013.

“The Truck Stop Motel,” New Year’s Poetry Challenge 2012-2013, Modesto, California, 2013.

“Placement,” Cider Press Review, Volume 14-1, July, 2012.

“Baseball Explained,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, Princeton, New Jersey, Volume 57, 2012.

“Heavenly Bodies Along the Rail,” Cider Press Review, Volume 12, 2011. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

“Genealogy at the Store, Even,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, Princeton, New Jersey, Volume 56, 2011.

“Besieged,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, Princeton, New Jersey, Volume 55, 2010.

“My Parents Quarreling, Again,” “That Day,” and “Wassily Kandinsky’s Defense at the (Imaginary) Tribunal of Degenerate Artists,” Arroyo Literary Review, Volume 2, Spring 2010.

mayday,” Open Mic section of Poets for Living Waters (Gulf Coast)

“Masonic Rituals,” U.S. 1 Worksheets, U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative, Princeton, New Jersey, Volume 54, 2009.

“Reassurances,” Thatchwork, Delaware Valley Poets, 2009.

“Friday Night, Occidental,” “The Morandi Museum in Bologna,” and “Letters to Kilkenny, 1868,” The Sand Hill Review, 2009.

“What I’ve Heard in the Ninth Ward,” Caduceus, Poets at Art Place 6, Yale Medical Group Art Place, New Haven, Connecticut, 2008.

“Approaching Retirement,” Long River Run, The Connecticut Poetry Society, 2008.

“Intermission at the Scuola di San Rocco,” San Jose Mercury, April 20, 2006, in the article by Sara Wykes, “A well-versed researcher turns to poetry : the literary librarian,” p. 1B.

“Madrileño,” The Volunteer: Journal of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2, June 2006.

“Naming the Dead” and “Finding Refuge in Wartime,” Caesura, Spring 2006.

“Madrileño,” Crab Orchard Review, vol. 10, no. 2, Summer/Fall 2005.

“At Fourteen, Knowing Nothing” and “Resting After the Fall,” The Sand Hill Review, Autumn 2001.

“Remembering in Part” and “Untitled, Disquieting Muses Quarterly, May 2000.

“Afternoon in Pienza” and “San Michele,” Convolvulus, Fall 1999.

“Concord,” The Worcester Review, vol. XIX, nos. 1-2, 1998.

“Running the Bases,” The Squaw Review, vol. 4, 1998.

“Fellini Remembers his Childhood,” Poetree: Speaking of Trees, compilation for reading at Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California, October 15, 1998.

“The Unthinkable,” American Literary Review, vol. VIII, no. 2, Fall 1997.

“The Village of the Mermaids,” The Seattle Review, vol. XIX, no. 2, 1997.

“The Two Women,” Kalliope, vol. XVII, no. 1, 1995.

“On the Way to the Bomb Shelter,” Words Save Lives: Poets for Amnesty, The San Jose Center for Poetry & Literature Press, San Jose, California, 1991.

“Sex is the Mathematics Urge Sublimated,” “Lucia,” and “Bouilland,” Santa Clara Review, Winter 1990.

“Repeat Performance,” TAB (newspaper), Palo Alto, California, September 28, 1989.

“White Shorts” and “The Forests of Kansas,” Palo Alto Review, Spring 1983.

“Invention” and “Looking for George Eliot,” Razzmatazz : Palo Alto Review, Spring 1982.

“Jacob’s Ladder” and “Slow Motion,” Razzmatazz : Palo Alto Review, Spring 1981.

“Interior Decorating,” Kansas Quarterly, Summer 1982.

“A Live Package,” The Fault, November 1979.

Montalvo Center for the Arts Poetry Competition honorable mentions (1983 and 1985); Finalist Riverstone International Poetry Chapbook Competition (selected by Robert Pinsky); Abby Niebauer Memorial Chapbook Award, selected by Carolyn Forché (1987); Printers Inc Bookstore Poetry Contest runner-up for “What Was Left Behind” (1997); Printers Inc Bookstore Second Place for “1970” (2000); Poem “Camino del Medio” selected for Palo Alto Midtown Poetry Wall (2004); Favorite Poem Project participant, Yale Art Gallery (2009), two Pushcart nominations (for “Heavenly Bodies Along the Rail” in 2011 and “Brain Work” in 2014).

Name not spelled right for my first reading in 1980! But Peninsula Times Tribune got it right, see below.

Word Peoples Alliance (Palo Alto) 11/20/80; Plowshares (Palo Alto) 5/14/82; Palo Alto Children’s Library 10/3/84; Kepler’s (Menlo Park) 7/25/86; Eulipia Café (San Jose) 9/22/87; Waverley Writers (Palo Alto) 12/4/87; Stanford Faculty Women’s Club Authors’ Coffee 2/22/89; Words Save Lives, Poets for Amnesty (Santa Clara University) 4/27/91; Cody’s (Berkeley) 11/30/92; Waverley Writers (Palo Alto) 3/5/93; Cody’s (Berkeley) 1/11/95; Willow Glen Books (San Jose) 2/20/95; Phoenix Jazz Club (San Jose) 10/8/95; Café Matisse (San Jose) 5/12/96; Waverley Writers (Palo Alto) 2/1/02; ART 21 (Palo Alto) 11/14/03; ART21 (Palo Alto) 4/21/06; Copperfield’s (Santa Rosa) 5/5/06; Cody’s (Berkeley) 5/7/06; Book Passage (Corte Madera) 5/12/06; Waverley Writers (Palo Alto) 6/2/06; Kepler’s (Menlo Park) 8/29/06; Sonoma County Festival 9/16/06; Petaluma Poetry Walk 9/17/06; Guilford Poets Guild 11/11/10; Bridgewater Library 3/5/13; Princeton Public Library 3/11/13; Panoply Books (Lambertville) 6/8/13; South Brunswick Library 3/16/14; Poets of Princeton Magazine Reading at D&R Greenway (Princeton) 7/15/15; Paintings & Poetry & Music: A Tour in Song and Verse, Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme) 8/23/15; “Poets in the Garden: series at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown (with Cool Women) 9/20/15; “Rhythm & Blues” at St. James AME Church, Hightstown (with Cool Women) 10/31/15, “Cool Women Talk to the Animals,” Franklin Township Public Library (with Cool Women) 4/6/16; “Cool Women Light,” Hopewell Branch Library, Pennington (with Cool Women) 4/9/16; Scriven Arts Center, Gilmanton, NH 8/6/16; Reading with Chester Group at Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT 8/10/16; White Dog Salon (with Cool Women), Portland, Oregon 11/6/16; Cool Women Anthology Volume Six Launch (Hopewell Off-Broadsteet Theatre) 12/7/16; Feminist Wiles, New Brunswick Free Library (with Cool Women) 3/1/17; Guilford Poets Guild 3/9/17; World Above Free Poetry Night, Atlantic City (with Cool Women) 3/22/17; Cool Women Move the Earth, Warren Township Branch of Somerset County Library (with Cool Women) 4/19/17; Cool Women Earthy, For the Good of Earth and Sun, Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library 4/29/17; Things That Go Bump in the Night, Poets at the Library Series, Princeton Public Library (with Cool Women) 11/13/17; Cool Women Talk Turkey, Highland Park Public Library 11/28/17; Mud Season, New Brunswick Free Library (with Cool Women) 3/3/18; Poem in Your Pocket,Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library (with Cool Women) 4/28/18; Presented Stasera Mi Butto at Phonograph Memory program, Labyrinth Books (Princeton) 5/8/18; Cool Women Reading “Sourland Dialogues” for Sourland Conservancy Train Station Series, 11/1/18; “Lost and Found Edges,” Cool Women at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park, The Trenton City Museum, 11/18/18; “Tasha O'Neill and the Cool Women Poets,” Millstone River Gallery, 3/14/19; Guilford Poets Guild 4/27/19; Princeton Public Library 6/10/19; “Long Days, Short Nights,” Cool Women at the Newtown Library Company, 6/21/19; Newtown Library Company, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 9/20/19; White Dog Poetry Salon, Portland, Oregon, 10/20/19; Friends Meeting House, Palo Alto, California, hosted by the Waverley Writers, 11/1/19; “Spring Forward, Fall Back,” Cool Women at Highland Park Public Library, Highland Park, NJ, 11/14/19; “Herstories,” Cool Women at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, 3/7/20; Poetry Center San José (via Zoom), 6/9/20, Baywoods of Annapolis (with Natalie Lobe and Hiram Larew), 4/24/22.

Articles About
San Jose Mercury, “A Well-Versed Researcher Turns to Poetry” by Sara Wykes, April 20, 2006; Palo Alto Weekly, “The Poets Among Us” by Jennifer Deitz Berry, June 7, 2006; Palo Alto Weekly, “The WayWe Were” by Rebecca Wallace, June 22, 2007; Guilford Courier, “Olson Helps Craft Poets Guild Anthology” by Pam Johnson, December 24, 2009; Interviewed by Guilford Poets Guild 4/9/20; Ekphrastic Poetry article featured by Guilford Poets Guild 5/1/20.

Audio Interviews, Podcasts, Videos
KKUP interview (Cupertino) October 14, 1987; KKUP interview (Cupertino) March 1, 2006; West Marin Radio interview April 26, 2006; KQED Writers Block January 24, 2007 (poems read: “Warning to the Carjacker,” “Scenes from the Garage,” “The Village of the Mermaids,” “Fellini Remembers His Childhood,” “On the Way to the Bomb Shelter,” “The Retablo,” “Resting After the Fall”); Princeton Public Library Poetry Podcast Blog 2008, April 3, 2008  (poems read: “The Concert, by Vermeer,” “The Movement of Beings,” “Intermission at the Scuola di San Rocco,”); Reading at Guilford Poets Guild 3/9/17; Reading for Scriven Arts Colony 4/3/20. Reading Well-RED series for Poetry Center San José, 6/9/20; Reading of “Taking the Bait” for Poetry X Hunger. Reading of “The Librarian” for Baywoods 2022 Variety Show.

Writers Conferences Attended
Foothill College (Palo Alto); Sitka; Aspen; Duluth; Squaw Valley; Asilomar; Frost Place Advanced Seminar; Poetry by the Sea.

Group Affiliations

Waverley Writers and Tuesday Night Group (Palo Alto), Sixteen Rivers (A San Francisco Bay Area Poetry Collective), Guilford Poets Guild, U.S. 1 Poets Cooperative, Chester Conference Group, Cool Women (Women Poets Critique and Performance Group). 

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