Olga Broumas. Courtesy Vermont Studio Center.

Olga Broumas (born May 6, 1949), is a Greek-American poet.


Born in Syros, Greece, Broumas grew up in that country.[1] As a young woman, she secured a fellowship through the Fulbright program to study in the United States

She earned a Bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Oregon in 1973.[1]

Her first collection of poems, Beginning with O, contains erotic poems toward her women lovers.[1]

She has been Poet-in-Residence and Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University since 1995. She spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she, in the Eighties, founded and taught at a school for female artists called Freehand, Inc.


Broumas was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1977.[2]


  • Fulbright Travel Grant (1967)
  • Yale Younger Poets Award (1977)
  • Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship (1978)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1979)
  • Vermont Council on Arts Fellowship (1980)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship (1981)
  • Witter Bynner Translation Grant (1991)
  • Lambda Poetry Award (2000)
  • Louis Dembitz Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005)
  • Norman Fund Grant (2006)

Except where noted, information courtesy Brandeis University.[3]



  • Caritas. Eugene, OR: Jackrabbit Press, 1977.
  • Beginning with O. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press (Yale Series of Younger Poets), 1977.
  • Yellow Field Rose. Kendrick, ID: Two Magpie Press, 1979.
  • Soie Sauvage. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1979.
  • Pastoral Jazz. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1983.
  • Black Holes, Black Stockings (with Jane Miller). Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1985.
  • Mercy. Tuscaloosa, AL: Steve Miller, 1989; New York: Red Ozier, 1989.
  • Perpetua. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1989.
  • Sappho’s Gymnasium (with T. Begley). Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1994.
  • Rave: Poems, 1975-1999. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1999.


  • Odysseas Elytis, What I Love: Selected poems. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1986.
  • Odysseas Elytis, The Little Mariner. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1988.
  • Odysseas Elytis, Eros, Eros, Eros: Selected and last poems. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press,1998.
    Décolletage - Olga Broumas (audio poem)

    Décolletage - Olga Broumas (audio poem)

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Broumas, Olga (b. 1949), glbtq encyclopedia, Web, Jan. 16, 2013.
  2. Olga Broumas, Vermont Studio Center. Web, Jan. 16, 2013.
  3. Awards and Honors, Olga Broumas, Faculty Guide, Brandeis University. Web, Jan. 16, 2012.
  4. Search results = au:Olga Broumas, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 17, 2014.

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