Books
  • Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry
    A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry

  • Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)
    Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)

Anthologies

Oliver's work can also be found in the following anthologies.

  • Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
    Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
  • Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
    Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
  • Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
    Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
  • From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
    From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
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The Writing Process, Acid-Free Ink, and Booster Seats

I've been getting asked about my writing process a lot these days--at readings, via e-mails, from friends and colleagues. I always have to tell people that my process is weird and I stress to them that they shouldn't do what I do.

So basically, here's my process--I don't write for eleven months, and then for one month I read and write frenetically. Again, don't do what I do.

I used to write every day.

I used to write long hand in a journal.

I used to have lots of time to read.

Now--I compose using the word processor.

I don't write many drafts.

I don't save any drafts.

I edit as I write.

I listen to music as I write.

I try to write the poem in about an hour, though often I sit at my desk writing for upwards of three hours.

I'm part of a writers' group, so the knowledge that others are writing elsewhere spurs me on.

I often have multiple books and magazines open while I'm writing and listening to music.

It's a crazy process, but it has worked for me for the past five years.

***

I had to buy pens with acid-free ink. U. of Akron decided to produce hard back copies of the book and so I have to sign 125 special edition copies and place a very cool holographic sticker in each book.

I'm a sucker for special pens, so I bought six--five black and one red.

***

I went on the prowl for a booster seat--not the kind you put in a car, but the kind you get in restaurants and movie theaters. L. is not happy with his highchair. He wants to be a big boy. He wants to eat at the table.

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Current Spin:


A wee bit of electro-pop for your computer commute.

 

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