Publications

List of Published Work


Books
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

The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited, Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume 91: 67-75, May 2016.

The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited (continued), Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume 91: 166-183, September 2016.

"The Early Sandford Family in New Jersey, Revisited, Part 3: Settlement in Unsettled New Jersey," Sharon Olson and Chris Schopfer, The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume 92: 36-49, January 2017.

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.

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).

“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

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

Going Down the Line, Railroad Poems (chapbook), forthcoming as first issue in American Narrative Poetry.

“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,” disquietingmuses.com, 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.

Awards
Montalvo Center for the Arts Poetry Competition honorable mentions (1983 and 1985); Abby Niebauer Memorial Chapbook Award (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" and "Brain Work").



Readings
Word People's 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) 11/10/95; 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.

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.

Audio Interviews, Podcasts
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,”).

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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