cobb olstein

Thursday
Nov. 16
7:30 p.m.
Norlin M549 (Center for British and Irish Studies)

Allison Cobb is the author of After We All Died (Ahsahta Press); Green-Wood (Factory School); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press EP series); and Born2 (Chax Press). The poet Carolyn Forché calls After We All Died “inventive, visionary, hard-thought, and impossible to put down.” Cobb works for the Environmental Defense Fund and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates The Switch reading, art, and performance series. Cobb’s work combines historical and scientific research, essay, and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2015 finalist for the National Poetry Series; a 2015 Djerassi Resident Artist; a 2014 Playa Resident Artist; received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission; and was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. Visit her website here.

Lisa Olstein is an American poet. She grew up near Boston, Massachusetts, received a BA from Barnard College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her first book of poems, Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (Copper Canyon Press, 2006) won the Hayden Carruth Award. Her second collection, Lost Alphabet (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal. Her most recent book of poetry, Late Empire (Copper Canyon Press, 2017) explores the complexities - beautiful and brutal - of our present moment. Her poems have appeared in The Nation, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, LIT, and other journals. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and poetry fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Olstein currently teaches in the Michener Center for Writers (MFA program for Poets and Writers) at the University of Texas, Austin.