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Free Reading: Philip Raisor and Renee Olander

Literary Festival
University Theatre
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM (ET)

Philip Raisor has published seven books, most recently the chapbooks In the Instant After (2018) and Early Morning Koffee Klatch at the Egg‘n Hash Sitdown (2019). Outside Shooter: A Memoir (2003) and Headhunting and Other Sports Poems (2014) were influenced by the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements of the 1960s. His collection, Swimming in the Shallow End (2013), was nominated for the Poet’s Prize, and Hoosiers the Poems (2013) won the Palooka Press Chapbook Prize. His edited volume of essays on W. D. Snodgrass was published in 1999. Raisor’s literary work has appeared in Southern Review, Sewanee Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Aethlon, Chautauqua, Poet Lore, The Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. His essays on Shelley, Browning, Joyce, and Faulkner have been published in numerous scholarly journals. He has taught at Louisiana State, Kent State, and Old Dominion University, and now lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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, The Writer's Chronicle, and many others. Recipient of the Kate Smith Award from Amelia Magazine, the Benn Award for Creative Writing from Mary Baldwin U., and a Pushcart Prize nomination from Sistersong: Women Across Cultures, Olander works at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and leads a regional task force focused on climate change and sea-level rise.

For more information, please contact the ODU Department of English at (757) 683-3991 or email

Free and open to the community. Free parking is available in Garage D, 1070 W. 45th St., excluding spaces marked "Reserved."

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This festival is made possible in part through sponsorship by the City of Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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