Robert Olmstead





Robert Olmstead


Born
in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, The United States
January 03, 1954


Robert Olmstead (born January 3, 1954) is an award-winning American novelist and educator.

Olmstead was born in 1954 in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. He grew up on a farm. After high school, he enrolled at Davidson College with a football scholarship, but left school after three semesters in which he compiled a poor academic record. He later attended Syracuse University, where he studied with Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff and received both bachelor's and master's degrees, in 1977 and 1983, respectively.

He is currently the Director of Creative Writing at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has also served as the Senior Writer in Residence at Dickinson College and as the director of creative writing at Boise State University. Olmstead teaches in the
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Coal Black Horse

3.78 avg rating — 1,202 ratings — published 2007 — 14 editions
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The Coldest Night

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Far Bright Star

3.77 avg rating — 441 ratings — published 2009 — 11 editions
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Trail of Hearts Blood Where...

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River Dogs: Stories

3.87 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1987 — 2 editions
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Stay Here with Me: A Memoir

4.09 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
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Soft Water

3.79 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1988
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America by Land: A Novel

3.36 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1993 — 4 editions
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Elements of the Writing Cra...

4.27 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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“Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?...He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage...”
Robert Olmstead, Coal Black Horse

“All that night he followed bends of the black road jeweled by starlight until the wan light of the dawn touched the east with red and the pastures turned green." (pg. 76)”
Robert Olmstead, Coal Black Horse
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“Our souls have been suffering in a kind of darkness”
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