Kirby Olson will read from his poetry collection titled “Christmas at Rockefeller Center”. Q & A and book signing will follow.
Writers Salon begins with open mic, encouraging guests to read personal works. Followed by a presentation from the featured author. Free & Open to the public. Refreshments Served.
“Christmas at Rockefeller Center” (CW Books, 2015) is a book of poetry organized around the Christian liturgical year that explores both the mundane and the profound in daily life. Poet Allen Ginsberg, whom Olson studied with in the 1970s, said of the author: “Kirby Olson is a poet of classic beauty, perhaps surreal in genre.” Philosophical and analytical, Olson’s poems search for meaning in this world of ours, inviting readers to question and find their own answers as they read.
Dr. Kirby Olson studied poetry with Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg in the late 1970s at Naropa Institute. He lives in the western Catskills with his wife Riikka and their four children. In addition to poetry, he has published Temping, a novel, at Black Heron Press (2005), and several volumes of literary criticism on figures such as Gregory Corso and Andrei Codrescu. He is a member of AARP and of the Lutheran church in Delhi, NY. He teaches philosophy and mythology and other humanities courses at SUNY-Delhi.