Writer, Activist, Amherst College Lecturer Tillie Olsen to Be Celebrated at Amherst Books Oct. 23

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:30 PM

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at Amherst Books (8 Main St.), family members will read from and discuss Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works(University of Nebraska Press), a new edition of collected writings by the late author, activist and educator Tillie Olsen (1912–2007).

The event is free and open to the public, with sponsorship from Amherst Books and from the Department of English and Creative Writing Center at Amherst College, where Olsen was a pioneering faculty member.

Student Researchers Publish Book on Writer, Activist, Amherst Lecturer Tillie Olsen

Submitted on Monday, 10/14/2013, at 1:39 PM

By Katherine Duke '05

When, during their sophomore year, Annemarie Iker ’12 and Katie Allyn ’12 enrolled in “The 20th Century: 1900–1941”—taught by Barry O’Connell, the James E. Ostendarp Professor of English—they didn’t know that it would eventually lead them to publish their own book. They weren’t even familiar with the figure who would become the book’s subject.

“The biggest names that popped up when I thought of 20th-century American literature, before taking [the course], were probably Fitzgerald, Hemingway—you know: the big guys,” says Iker, a European studies major from Marin County, Calif. “Professor O’Connell introduced me to new writers.” One of those writers was Tillie Olsen.

The Pioneer Women of Amherst College 1962-83

The women noted below were hired during the years 1962-83 as full time instructors and many were on the track for tenure. During that same period, there were a number of other women on the faculty as visiting lecturers at the college. Information on the visitors can be found in the archives of Amherst College.