Olena Kalytiak Davis

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Olena Kalytiak Davis (born September 16, 1963) is an American poet.[1]

Davis is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, The Poem She Didn't Write And Other Poems (2014,Copper Canyon Press)[2] which was a 2014 Lannan Literary Selection. Her first book, And Her Soul Out Of Nothing, won the Brittingham Prize (University of Wisconsin Press). Her second book, the cult classic shattered sonnets love cards and other off and back handed importunities (2003, Tin House Books) was recently republished by Copper Canyon Press (2014)[3]

Her honors include a 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry[4] and a 1996 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award in poetry.[5]

Her poems have been published in literary journals and magazines including AGNI,[6] New England Review, Tin House, Poetry Northwest, Michigan Quarterly Review, Field, Indiana Review, Post Road Magazine and in anthologies including Best American Poetry 1995 and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books).[7]

Davis is a first-generation Ukrainian-American, and she grew up in Detroit. She was educated at Wayne State University, University of Michigan Law School, and Vermont College of Fine Arts.[8] She is also a contributing editor at The Alaska Quarterly Review. She has lived in San Francisco, Prague, Lviv, Paris, Chicago, and the Yup'ik community of Bethel, Alaska, and currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where she works as a lawyer.

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