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Name:  Olga Abella  

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Genre: Poetry

Born: 1958 in Manhattan, New York

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Abella lives in Robinson and has taught at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston since 1989.

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Olga Abella earned her PhD at State University of New York at Stony Brook. A Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, she teaches courses in Milton, creative writing, heroism, Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature, and composition. She has also been the Editor of Karamu and Bluestem at Eastern Illinois University.Abella's poems have been published in various journals and online magazines, including The MacGuffin, CALYX, poetrybay, Long Island Quarterly, black dirt, Natural Bridge, Kaliope, and Urban Spaghetti. She has published two chapbooks, Grasping to What Is in 1993 and What it Takes in 2000.


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