Author William Olsen Talks about His Craft



Kalamazoo Valley’s Visiting Authors Series, “About Writing” Continues

 Author William Olsen will visit Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Feb. 16 as a part of the college’s “About Writing” Visiting Writers Series. He’ll present a craft talk from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Student Commons Forum on the Texas Township Campus. From 2:15 to 3 p.m. in the Student Commons Theater, he will read some of his work.

 Olsen is the author of five collections of poetry, The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers (Illinois, 1988), Vision of a Storm Cloud (Triquarterly, 1996), Trouble Lights (Triquarterly, 2002), Avenue of Vanishing (Triquarterly, 2007), and Sand Theory (Triquarterly, 2011).

The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers was reissued in 2003 as part of the Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series. Olsen and Sharon Bryan are co-editors of Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life (Sarabande, 2003). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Nation/Discovery Award, The Texas Institute of Arts Award, a Breadloaf Fellowship, and poetry awards from Poetry Northwest and Crazyhorse. Olsen teaches at Western Michigan University and Vermont College, and is Editor of New Issues Poetry & Prose.

KVCC’s “About Writing” series is orchestrated by instructor Rob Haight and offers students the opportunity to dialogue with professional writers and listen to their work. For more information, call Rob Haight at 269.488.4452