A good friend of mine asked me to create a permanent link to a letter I initially blogged about back in September. It was Sharon Olds' letter declining First Lady Laura Bush's offer to attend the National Book Festival Luncheon given at the White House on September 24, 2005.
Ms. Olds was named the New York State Poet in 1998, and currently teaches poetry in the NYU Graduate Creative Writing program. A more extensive biography can be found here. Many of her works can be found at PoemHunter.com.
I have decided that my friend is right. I need to create a permanent link to the letter in the sidebar, so that anyone coming to this site will always be able to find it. Sharon Olds is an inspiration, a mentor and a shining example of that to which women in literature should aspire. I've stashed it below the quote, and entitled the section, "What She Said."