Sharon Olds

Poetry: Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds’s intensely immediate, emotionally keen work, which graphically depicts family life as well as global political events, has made her one of contemporary poetry’s leading voices and has led to prestigious awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award. The poet Billy Collins identifies her as “a poet of sex and the psyche” and adds, “Sharon Olds is infamous for her subject matter alone…but her closer readers know her as a poet of constant linguistic surprise.”

A book signing with complimentary coffee and tea will follow the reading.

This series of poetry readings is organized and hosted by Stephen Yenser, poet and professor at UCLA and author of Blue Guide and A Boundless Field:  American Poetry at Large, and is co-sponsored by the UCLA English Department, the Friends of English, and the UCLA Department of Cultural and Recreational Affairs.


Location: Annex
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. One ticket per person, first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA. 

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members. 

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Poetry is supported, in part, by the UCLA Department of English and Friends of English.