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Sharon Dolin is the author of five books of poems, most recently: Whirlwind (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) and Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She has been awarded the 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Sharon Dolin lives in New York City, where she teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and directs the Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition. For 2013-2014, she is a Drisha Institute Arts Fellow. New poems from the series A Manual for Living have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, The Georgia Review, jubilat, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Omniverse, Pool, Spillway, and The Spoon River Poetry Review. In the works, are at least two prose books: The Book of Lost Aphorisms and a cinematic memoir entitled Hitchcock Blonde.  Recent sections from The Book of Lost Aphorisms have been published in the Denver QuarterlyThe Seneca Review, and The Kenyon Review Online. She has been a Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fundación Valparaiso in Spain, and the VCCA Moulin à Nef in France. Her other honors include a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy, the Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Memorial Award, and a recent Pushcart Prize (2011).

www.sharondolin.com

A poem from A Manual for Living:

Avoid Adapting Other People’s Negative Views

            after Epictetus
To gaze upon the fatal
without commiserating gloom:
what every friend should be—
not one who rends her coat of doom
nor one who lets her ankle rankle
nor her dogged love to the hounds.
Be the cat in catastrophe
who survives eight more dives.
Though in the clutch of damage
a dame must age,
in the crazy-quilt of guilt
it was never your fault.
In the company of morose
always pull out the rose.