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Renée 's BOOKS
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Renée Olander

A Few Spells - Poetry Chapbook

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American Dangerous - Poetry

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Workshop for :

Renée Olander


The word “climate” generally refers to the weather, locally and globally, and can also mean a “prevailing trend” of some aspect of public life, for instance, public opinion, or public discourse. 


“Climate” and “weather” can also be understood as interior, the “weather” inside oneself, for instance, one’s sense of personal wellbeing. 


Now in a climate of scientifically documented climate change and sea-level rise, of polarized and toxic public discourse, of BlackLivesMatter and MeToo, as well as the shameless rise of white supremacist displays, and major economic disparities and health disparities impacting our exterior and interior worlds, what and how do we write? 


How do we navigate between inciting panic? (a la Chicken Little) and inspiring action rather than paralysis?

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Renée Olander

Renée Olander is author of the poetry collection American Dangerous and chapbooks A Few Spells and Wild Flights. 


Her poetry and prose have appeared in Forgotten Women, Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility, Sistersong: Women Across Cultures, 13th Moon, Plainswoman, and the Split This Rock/Blog This Rock Poem of the Week, among others. 


Since 1994, ten of her interviews with writers, including Mary Oliver, June Jordan, Dorothy Allison, Lesléa Newman, and Anne Waldman, have appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle and its predecessor The AWP Chronicle


Renée lives in Southeastern Virginia, in the crosshairs of climate change and sea-level rise.

This is Renée’s first Festival as a participating writer and she will be offering the Writing Workshop, “WRITING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE”.


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