Artist Profile

Reno, Nevada

Larry Ollivier

Ollivier, Larry

Larry L. Ollivier grew up on a small farm in the Skykomish Valley northeast of Seattle. He attended the University of Washington and studied poetry with legendary teacher, Nelson Bentley, and the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston where he studied with Edward Hirsch, Cynthia MacDonald, and Adam Zagajewski. He has taught college English, worked as a bookseller, lumber clerk and park ranger (among other ventures), and has trained for Ministry.

Ollivier's poems have appeared in many journals, including most recently Literature and Belief, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature, Aethlon, Cold Mountain Review, Spillway, The Georgetown Review, The MacGuffin and others. He is the author of two published collections of poetry, Albert Einstein in Las Vegas (chapbook) and The Voice of All Things, Singing. Among other awards, Ollivier has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry, received 2000 Artist Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council, and won the Maryland Poetry Review Tenth Anniversary Chapbook Contest.

Reno, NV

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Preferred Groups/Populations
Schools (grades 7-12), colleges, adults and seniors
Anyplace that works: I’ve even read and taught in a campground amphitheater!
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"Coming as I did from a rural community, where at the very least the arts met with suspicion, I probably would not be writing today if it were not for the encouragement I received in my undergraduate Creative Writing workshops. Jean Betty, my first poetry teacher at Everett Community College and Nelson Bentley at Washington, invited me, as it were, into the writing life. While I played with the notion of writing, it was something else again to have someone say to me, you can be a writer. With that, too, came a vision I work every day to realize, of a life committed to the craft of poetry. That word of invitation and acknowledgment, coming at a critical juncture, can make all the difference in a young writer's life. The obstacles standing in the way of commitment at any art are myriad, particularly for the young artist just setting out. As it was in my own case, the world of art can be a strange and unimagined world for the young person stumbling upon it for the first time. A handshake and a warm invitation can make an entrance into that world not only possible, but life changing."