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Karol Olesiak

Poet, Writer, Activist

USF Graduation Reading -- Idiomatic Bestiary Haikus
Veterans Day Anti-War Poetry Reading
Love Poem From Octopus To Platypus
USF - GWA - Poet - Karol Olesiak
Tongues - Visual Poem
The End of the Beginning - Visual Poetry
OF-Cine Poem- dedicated to the Egyptian People
Mock Beagle Hunt -Visual Poetry
Muscle Memory - Visual Poetry - Roland Topor Tribute

Karol Olesiak is a queer disabled poet, writer, and activist. Karol’s work born out of the refugee experience climaxes in the carnivalesque afterglow of transcendent phenomenon prescriptive for trauma straddling the intersection between crip theory and social justice. Karol is one of the founders of, an affinity group for Occupy Wall Street and antiwar blog. Karol’s poetic career started in Harrisburg, PA at the Heavy Word Poetry Slam in 2000.  In 2010 while in New York using the post 9/11 GI Bill to attend Eugene Lang, Karol headlined the Bowery Poetry Club. Karol’s poetic work is featured or forthcoming in Rogue Agent Journal, MAI Feminism Journal, Proud to Be: Writing  By American Warriors, and Pictura Journal. Karol’s poetry collection Cold War Kids, coauthored by Jakub Olesiak, is published through Barnes & Noble Press. Karol has an MFA from University of San Francisco. 

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