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I have lectured, performed spoken word poetry and taught social justice, art and politics, and

writing at over 300 colleges and universities and at feminist and LGBTQ conferences, high

schools, and prisons across the United States and internationally. I include a selection of my

work experience as a lifelong writer and educator.

Published Books (Popular Media)

A. Olson, editor, Word Warriors: 35 Leaders in the Women’s Spoken Word Revolution, 2007.

Emeryville: Seal Press (In addition to editorial work, I authored the “introduction” and a chapter

in the book).

A. Olson, Burning Down the House, coauthored with Roger Bonair-Agard, et. al., 2000. NY:

Soft Skull Press.

Published Articles (Popular Media)

A. Olson, “Turn It Down A Notch” in Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word

Revolution, 2007. Emeryville: Seal Press

A. Olson, “In the Left Lane with Alix Olson,” Columnist for InsideOut Magazine, 2005-2007.

A. Olson, “Rachel Maddow: Straight Talk,” Interview with Rachel Maddow, Velvet Park

Magazine, Summer 2005.

A. Olson, “Diary of a Slam Poet: Road Poet on a Mission,” Ms. Magazine, January 2001.

A. Olson, “Let the Poetry Come,” Curve Magazine, San Francisco, CA, November 2001.

Published Poetry (Journals, Anthologies, Magazines)

My poetry has been published in literary venues including: The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S.

Women Writers; The Seattle Journal for Social Justice; The Lesbian Review of Books; Utne

Magazine; The Progressive Magazine; The Beloit Poetry Journal.

Teaching Experience (Political Leadership/Writing Workshops)

Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val Kill’s Young Women’s Leadership Center, July 2007-2016.

Juniper Writing Institute, UMass Amherst, June 2014-2016.

Summer Arts Institute, California State University, CA. Summer 2010.

Johannesburg and Cape Town Youth Centers, South Africa, March 9-20, 2007.

National Creating Change Conference (NGLTF), Kansas City, MO, November 8-12, 2006.

Hetrick-Martin Institute for GLBT Youth, NYC, 2002-2006.

Rikers Island Correctional Facility, Rose M. Singer Women’s Prison, 2001-2005.

Awards (Art/Social Justice)

Hedgebrook Writing Fellowship, 2007.

Artist-Activist of the Year, Out Music Awards, 2004.

Best Documentary Film (producer), for “Left Lane: On The Road With Alix Olson,” Paris

Feminist Film Festival, 2007.

Outstanding Activist of the Year, Venus Magazine, 2004.

Visionary Award, Washington, D.C. Rape Crisis Center, 2004.

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 1999.

National Slam Poetry Champion, 1998

National and International Media Appearances (Television, Radio, Print)

NPR (“To The Best of Our Knowledge”); BBC, Australia National Radio; CNN;

Air America (“The Rachel Maddow Show”); HBO (“Def Poetry Jam”); Netherlands Radio

(“Vox Humana Series”); WXPN (“World Café with David Dye”); The New York Times;

The Progressive; Time Out NY; The Washington Post; Salon.