is the author or editor of 16 books that explore Appalachian and Southern literature, music, and folklore. A poet and musician for more than three decades, he has published two full-length volumes of his poetry and has performed traditional and contemporary music in a wide range of venues. In 2012 he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his work on The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music(Bear Family Records). Olson teaches in the Department of Appalachian Studies and in the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University, and in 2008 he was Fulbright Senior Scholar in American Studies in Barcelona, Spain.
Friday, October 12
3:00-4:00 pm, Legislative Plaza, Room 29
Darkness and Revelation: Poetry and Music from Appalachia