Kara Olson

CLA 176

Office Hours:

Mondays: 11:00am - 1:30pm

Wednesdays: 11:00am - 1:30pm


2540 – Introduction to Literary Studies: Reading Poetry

An introductory course that involves the reading and analysis of poetic works from a variety of time periods and cultures

2350 – Women and Literature

A literature course that explores women as characters in and writers of literature, including fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. 

2030 – Writing Poetry

An introductory course that provides students an opportunity to practice the craft of writing and analyzing poetry

1202 - College Writing II

Research writing for degree-seeking students

1201 - College Writing I

First-year college reading and writing, with an emphasis on rhetorical and critical thinking skills

1200 – Gateway College Writing

First-year college reading and writing for Accelerated English

990 - Gateway Composition

A supplemental class to Gateway College Writing, limited to 10 students

1940 - Technical Writing

An introductory online class focusing on technical communication

1140 - Professional Writing

An introductory online class focusing on professional communication



  • BA, University Of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • MFA, Warren Wilson College

Kara Olson is a poet and educator. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, a recipient of a Jerome Foundation-supported residency at the Anderson Center, and a member of the Queer Voices writing circles in collaboration with Hennepin County and Quatrefoil Library. Her poem “Last Night” was selected by Donika Kelly as winner of The Sewanee Review's annual Poetry Contest. Additional poems appear in Grist: A Journal of The Literary Arts, Waterstone Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis and is a professor of English at North Hennepin Community College where she is humbled daily by working with students from all walks of life and by advocating for educational equity and justice.

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