Olga Broumas

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Olga Broumas (born 6 May 1949, Hermoupolis) is a Greek poet, resident in the United States.


Born and raised in Greece, Broumas secured a fellowship through the Fulbright program to study in the United States at the University of Pennsylvania; she earned her bachelor's degree in architecture. She later went on to earn a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Oregon.

Her first collection of poems, Beginning with O, contains erotic poems toward her women lovers.[1] Broumas was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series[2] in 1977, the first non-native speaker of English to receive this award[citation needed]. Other honors have included a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been Poet-in-Residence and Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University since 1995. She spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she, in the Eighties, founded and taught at a school for female artists called Freehand, Inc.