College hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Sharon Olds (Photo courtesy of Bemidji State University)

Sharon Olds (Photo courtesy of Bemidji State University)

St. Scholastica will host Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds for its 14th annual Warner Reading Series, a free event set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus.

Olds is the author of 11 volumes of poetry and is known for writing that expresses truths about domestic and political violence, sexuality, family relationships, love and the body. She has been praised for the courage, emotional power and imagery and physicality of her work. A New York Times reviewer hailed her poetry for its vision: "Like Whitman, Ms. Olds sings the body in celebration of a power stronger than political oppression."

A graduate of Stanford University and Columbia University, Olds is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the San Francisco Poetry Center Award. She currently teaches in the graduate creative writing program at New York University.

Ryan Vine, MFA, an associate professor of English at St. Scholastica, is organizing the event. He said he hopes community members take advantage of this opportunity to hear from a world-renowned poet.

"Sharon Olds writes about things that can be difficult to talk about," Vine said. "She's fearless."

The event, which is free and open to the public, will also include music from local keyboardist Dan Anderson, member of The Silk Sheiks. For more information, contact the Spotlight Box office at or 218-723-7000.