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Born Backwards

Distributed by YesYes Books and Ingram

Cover & Interior Design: Alban Fischer

Author Photo: Adrianne Mathiowetz

$18  |  86 pages  |  ISBN: 978-1-936919-99-4

Poetry  l  Perfectbound   |  June 18, 2024


Praise for Tanya Olson's poetry:


“Olson uses language like Gertrude Stein does, building large monuments of sound into humming lattices.”—Dorothea Lasky


“Olson’s drumming cadence, use of repetition, wide-angled personifications, and stunning imagination are all at play here, often magnificently so.” 

The Rumpus


“Tanya Olson’s magnificent poems carry the weight of giants, tigers, and The People’s Acts of Love. Every page is a new cleansing fire.” —CA Conrad

Born Backwards

SKU: 2401004
Expected to ship in early June.
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  • About Born Backwards

    Born Backwards, Tanya Olson’s third collection, reports from inside butch culture in the 1980s American South as it traces how geography, family, experiences, and popular culture shape one queer life. The collection argues for recording these moments before they disappear, not for the purposes of nostalgia but because of their importance to building a future.  Like much of Olson’s other work, these poems locate the extraordinary within the commonplace— hearing the songs of the Carter Family, reading a child’s version of Frankenstein, discovering k.d. lang, and watching soap operas with a grandmother become the building blocks of becoming an individual.

  • About the Author

    Tanya Olson is the author of Boyishly, which won the American Book Award, Stay, and her newest collection, Born Backwards, all out from YesYes Books. She is also the recipient of a Discovery/Boston Review prize and an Emerging Writer Fellowship from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her poems have been included in Best American Poems 2015 and Please Excuse This Poem. Olson has been a featured reader at the Enoch Pratt Reading Series, Outwrite DC, the Stadler Center for Poetry, and the Dodge Poetry Festival.

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