Sharon Olds is the author of eight poetry books including The Dead & the Living which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is completing a new collection called O Western Wind. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares, and has been included in more than one hundred anthologies. Olds held the position of New York State Poet from 1998 to 2000. She is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.