OLGA BROUMAS (Greece, Syros Island, Hermoupolis b. 1949 / act: USA)
Olga Broumas is a Greek-born American poet and translator, resident in the United States. She was born on 6 May 1949 at Hermoupolis of Syros Island and raised in Greece. She came to the U.S. in 1967 having secured a fellowship through the Fulbright program to study 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. She has taught widely – at the University of Oregon, the University of Idaho, Goddard College, Boston University, and Brandeis University. In 1982 she helped found Freehand, a learning community of women artists and writers, in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Broumas is currently the Fanny Hurst poet-in-residence at Brandeis University and the director of their creative writing program.
Broumas' first collection of poems, Beginning with O, contains erotic poems toward her women lovers. She was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series in 1977, the first non-native speaker of English to receive this award. 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.
Olga Broumas wrote the following books: Beginning with O (Yale, 1977); Soie Sauvage (Copper Canyon Press, 1979); Pastoral Jazz (Copper Canyon Press, 1983); With Jane Miller: Black Holes, Black Stockings (Wesleyan, 1985); Perpetua (Copper Canyon Press, 1989); With T. Begley: Sappho's Gymnasium (Copper Canyon Press, 1994); and Rave: Poems, 1975-1999 (Copper Canyon Press, 1999). She has also translated the following books: What I Love: Selected Poems by Odysseas Elytis (Copper Canyon Press, 1986); The Little Mariner by Odysseas Elytis (Copper Canyon Press, 1988); and Eros, Eros, Eros: Selected and Last Poems by Odysseas Elytis (Copper Canyon Press,1998).