Olga Broumas was born in Ermoupoli, Greece, and immigrated to the United States on a Fulbright fellowship in 1967. Her first collection of poems, Beginning with O (1977), was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Award. Subsequent collections include Soie Sauvage (1979), Pastoral Jazz (1983), Perpetua (1989), and Rave: Poems 1975–1999 (1999). Her translations of the Greek poet Odysseus Elytis include What I Love: Selected Poems of Odysseus Elytis (1986), The Little Mariner (1988), Open Papers: Selected Essays (1994), and Eros, Eros, Eros: Selected and Last Poems (1998). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for writing and translation, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has also received a Witter Bynner Translation Grant, a Lambda Poetry Award, a Louis Dembitz Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Norman Fund grant. She is Professor of the Practice of English at Brandeis University.
Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry: Olga Broumas and Emilia Phillips
Lisa Russ Spaar is moved by of Olga Broumas’s and Emilia Phillips’s second collections....