Sharon Olds is the author of nine books of poetry. The Dead and the Living received the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and The National Book Critics Circle Award, and One Secret Thing was a finalist for the Forward Prize. She teaches at New York University's Graduate Program in Creative Writing where she has been involved with N.Y.U.’s outreach workshops. The Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop is in its 27th year, and the newest workshop is for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her collection of poetry, Stag's Leap, will be out in the fall of 2012. She lives in New York City and New Hampshire.