Sharon Olson

The Long Night of Flying

“Like a bird, Sharon Olson flies us over western civilization—its art and its history—stopping here and there to collect bits with which to weave her idiosyncratic travelogue. Her eye probes unlit crevices and finds its morsel in the shadows, and her ear is tuned to the music playing even amidst the white noise of loss.” —Lucia Perillo

Sharon OlsonSharon Olson has recently moved to Lawrenceville, New Jersey (after living several years in Guilford, Connecticut). She retired in 2007 from the Palo Alto (California) City Library where she had been a reference librarian and cataloger since 1978. She earned a B.A. in Art History from Stanford and attended its campus in Florence, Italy, in 1967. She also has an M.L.S. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon. Her chapbook, Clouds Brushed in Later, was selected by Carolyn Forché as the winner of the Abby Niebauer Memorial Chapbook award and was published by the San Jose Poetry Center Press in 1987. The Long Night of Flying is her first full-length collection of poems.

Sharon Olson The Long Night of Flying


 Publication date: 2006

Sewn paperback / 96 pages

ISBN: 0-9767642-1-0

Price: $15    Place an order



Read Sharon’s poem “Looking for My Other Brother” appearing in Ragged Sky’s new anthology Blanket Stories forthcoming in June 2014.

Read 2 of Sharon’s poems published in the Off the Coast Winter 2014 issue: “Motley Fool” and “Paroxysms.” A third poem, “No Breath, No Smut,” appears in the printed version of the issue.

Read Sharon’s poem “Caryatids” in Cider Press Review January 1, 2014 issue.

Sharon’s poem “Heavenly Bodies Along the Rail” was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize by Cider Press Review.

Read Sharon’s poem “Genealogy at the Store, Even” in U.S. 1 Worksheets.

Read about Sharon, the Guilford Courier’s “Person of the Week” in this 12/24/09 article.

Hear Sharon read poems as featured poet on the Princeton Public Library National Poetry Month podcast blog.

Hear Sharon read her poems on KQED’s website, The Writers’ Block: KQED Arts: Profile – Sharon Olson

Join Sharon in The Red Room: where the writers are.

Read about the Waverley Writers Anniversary Book, co-edited by Sharon, in the June 22, 2007 issue of the Palo Alto Weekly here (see page 11 of the pdf file).

Read about Sharon in the June 7, 2006 issue of the Palo Alto Weekly