Olga Broumas

RH Eller

Olga Broumas was born in Syros, Greece, in 1949 and published her first book there in 1967. After moving to the United States, she received her BA in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon. Her first book in English, Beginning with O, was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets prize in 1977. Since then she has published seven volumes of solo and collaborative poetry (with T Begley and Jane Miller) and translated three volumes of poems and a volume of essays by Odysseas Elytis. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she a Professor Emerita at Brandeis University, where she chaired the creative writing department for twenty years. She lives on Cape Cod and teaches yoga.


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1980

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 1978

Yale Series of Younger Poets, 1977