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Renee Olander


Renée Olander is author of American Dangerous, a poetry collection, the chapbooks A Few Spells and Wild Flights, and her work has appeared widely in journals, anthologies, blogs and podcasts. Having taught at the university since 1986, Olander currently provides leadership for the Regional Higher Education Centers and leads a regional task force focused on mitigating climate change and sea-level rise.

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Southern Maine, (2005)

M.A. in English, Old Dominion University, (1987)

B.A. in English, Mary Baldwin College, (1984)


Poetry & poetry pedagogy, argument & critical thinking, women writers, American and global literature
Women's Issues
Literary representations of gender-based violence, women writers, rape

Research Interests

Literary foremothers; global and political poetry; representations of women in literature; representations of gender-based violence and violence against women in literature; Puerto Rican diaspora literature; Antarctica.


Olander, R. (2018). American Dangerous. Backlash Press.
  • 2017: J. Worth Pickering Administrator of the Year Award, Association of University Administrators
  • 2003: "Apple of Our Eye Award", Student Virginia Education Assn (SVEA)- ODU Chapter
  • 2003: Dean's Service Award, College of Arts and Letters, ODU
  • 2003: Recognition Award, University Women's Caucus
  • 1998: "Most Inspiring Faculty Award", ODU
  • 1998: "Most Inspiring Faculty Award", ODU
  • 1996: Pushcart Prize nomination, SISTERSONG- WOMEN ACROSS CULTURES
  • 1988: Kate Smith Award for Poetry, AMELIA Magazine