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Kurt S. Olsson
Kurt S. Olsson is the author of What Kills What Kills Us (Silverfish Review Press), winner of the 2005 Gerald Cable Book Award, Peace Corps Writer’s Best Poetry Book award for 2008 and the Towson University Prize for Literature 2008. His poems have appeared widely in such journals as The Threepenny Review, Field, Poetry, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.
A former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Kyrgyzstan in the mid-1990s, he has worked for the past 10 years at a leading international development consulting firm. He lives with his wife and two daughters in suburban Maryland.
collector's corner unique, limited-edition & signed works
"The Death of Diogenes"
Broadside created by Paul Hunter/Wood Works Press for the poet’s reading for Counterbalance Poetry on Friday, October 3, 2008. Printed from hand-set metal type on archival paper with original woodcut. Limited to 186 copies.
What Kills What Kills Us
“These poems are devastating. Not only does Olsson seem incapable of making an unsurprising observation, he writes about everything from childhood to mythology to history to America itself with an intensity that brings to mind the best work of Stephen Dobyns and W.D. Snodgrass. What Kills What Kills Us is filled with poetry that is brave, funny, sad, and, above all, strange. This is art that, in a word, kills.” – Tom Bissell
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