Calvin Olsen

Calvin Olsen holds an MFA in creative writing from Boston University, where he received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. His poetry and translations have appeared in JuxtaProse, Missouri Review Online, Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art, The Interpreter’s House, and many others. He currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where he is poetry editor for The Carolina Quarterly.


Confession to Hippocrates of Kos by João Luís Barreto Guimarães, translated by Calvin Olsen

    I’m reminded of that time I treated a carpenter. On the operating table nothing too extraordinary— anyone who saw us working (my colleague and myself) would say the technical dance unfolded in perfection (the fingers on the sick hand so many times mistreated: there were more of them […]


The Efficacy of the Light by João Luís Barreto Guimarães, translated by Calvin Olsen

    The cats in Ano Mera if they were religious would be orthodox Christians. They are the first icons to receive us upon entering (one of them more delicate dressed in gray and white: due to so much coat licking she’s almost erased her stripes). Strangers in this monastery […]