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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniela Olszewska  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: Wroclaw, Poland

-- Daniela Olszewska on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Olszewska resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniela Olszewska is president of the board of directors of Switchback Books located in Chicago, Illinois. She also serves as an Associate Poetry Editor of ''Another Chicago Magazine'' and has formerly edited for ''Black Warrior Review'' and ''Columbia Poetry Review''. Currently an Adjunct Professor at Truman College, Olszewska has taught composition, literature, and creative writing at various state schools, community colleges and at maximum security correctional facilities. Olszewska was born in Poland. She earned a Bachelor's in Creative Writing at Columbia College in Chicago and received her MFA from the University of Alabama. She now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

cloudfang : : cakedirt
ISBN: 0982989636

Horse Less Press. 2012

Poetry. Earlier versions of poems from this manuscript have appeared in the following journals/anthologies: Alice Blue, Barn Owl Review, Barrelhouse, Bone Bouquet, Concert at Chopin's Opera House II, Drupe Fruits, Everyday Genius, Featherproof Books' Storigami Project, GlitterPony, Humble Humdrum Cotton Frock, jubilat, Night Train, PANK Magazine, PANK Magazine's 2011 Queer Issue, Sixth Finch, Small Fire Press's Matchbook Vol. 3, We Are So Happy to Know Something, and Zero Ducats.

Citizen J
ISBN: 0988480492

Artifice Books. 2013

Citizen J hides in underground forests, worries that her toasters are miked, finds bombs in unusual places, tries her hand at piloting and cowboy human resources. She marries twelve husbands, marries twelve wives. In this series of interconnected poems, reminiscent at once of Heather Christle and John Berryman, Olszewska's everywoman hero moves across a landscape that might be America re-imagined as a post-Soviet state: surreal, contradictory.

How to Feel Confident with Your Special Talents
ISBN: 1625579047

Black Lawrence Press. 2014

Poetry. "These prose poems are the best kind of revolution: sly and funny, subversive and wise."—Sarah McCarry

"Like everyone else, I am desperate to get it right, to know how to dress for the Ouija board or how to stop being in love with people I'll never meet. The volume of what we don't know, what we need to know NOW could drown a lonely surfer, but Guess & Olszewska have the skills and the code that will bring us back to life. They comb, channel, and distill the ether. They answer the questions beating so secretly in our chests, we didn't know to ask them. They build a stunning pedagogy of the surfpressed. I would like to live in the world where these were the answers and allegories Googling provided. Let's put on a dramatic amount of make-up, set a small fire for the smell of singed crosshair, and tell the birds nesting in the eaves that it's over. This book emits a peculiar, beguiling, electric calm."—Danielle Pafunda

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