• “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,”

    I’m writing from a mixed place of anger and grief as well as one of joy-seeking. When the semester wraps for me, my own reading and writing is able to take a seat at the table for a season, and that’s where I’m at, soaking in a beautiful spring that feels fleeting and like it is spooling out generously all at once. But this May is darkened by war continuing to rage in Ukraine and, here at home, a siege on reproductive rights for women while at the same time we have failed once more to protect children and teachers from being murdered at their elementary school and Black people…

  • Poetry Month Roundup

    It’s the end of April, the month we celebrate poetry and the real arrival of spring. Already the forsythia are starting to leaf out green amidst the yellow blossoms that always cheer me to the core come April. I’m trying to notice the yellow each day before it’s gone again, but what follows is so beautiful that it’s hard to mind how fast spring catapults through the calendar. It’s been a minute since I posted last, which often happens when the semester heats up. I had a lovely reading for the Gallery of Readers series with one of my writing groups in late February. Check out the video recording featuring…

  • Uncertain Acrobats: Review & Events

    It’s hard to believe we are already into the second month of 2022. I kicked off February with an in-person reading on 2/1 at Weinstein Auditorium at Smith College for Matt Donovan’s “Reading Contemporary Poets” class. It was so much fun to read from Uncertain Acrobats (and one poem from my chapbook Dressing the Wounds) to over 100 Smith students! The evening was split between reading my poems and having a great conversation with the whip-smart and welcoming Smithies about my book, writing process, publishing, and more. It was really sweet to be in company with this class that offers students “the opportunity to read contemporary poetry and meet the…

  • Uncertain Acrobats: New Book News

    I come to you steeped in a mix of end-of-semester exhaustion and stunned gratitude for the parallel experience I’m living this fall: the release of my first full-length book, Uncertain Acrobats. Despite distance and what often feels like impossible times, there right beside those things is the kindness of so many people who have supported my book as it has started its way in the world. For example, Kwoya Fagin Maples, a poet whose work I deeply admire in her own book, Mend, recently posted this picture on Facebook, writing, “The kind of poetry that begs to be read mid-air.” Swoon! My book was also “Swifted”! The amazing Amy Lorraine…

  • Uncertain Acrobats: Release & Readings

    I’m happy to announce that my first full-length book, Uncertain Acrobats, is officially out this week from CavanKerry Press. Thank you to each and all who have purchased a copy and helped spread the word. Books are available from CavanKerry, and I am also selling signed copies for $18 incl. shipping through Venmo (@Rebecca-Olander-2). I have bookplates I can send your way if you’d like a book you already bought to be a signed copy (email your mailing address to rebeccahartolander@gmail.com if so). It has been a joy to celebrate this milestone with folks far and wide as I share the news and read from the book. On Wednesday, October…