The poetry of divorce

Squaw Valley Community of Writers Benefit Reading

The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley returns to the Crocker Art Museum's Setzer Foundation Auditorium for its annual Poetry Benefit Reading at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21.

The five featured poets include writers with various accolades and accomplishments—there's a former U.S. poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, a winner of the Holmes National Poetry Prize and a T.S. Eliot Prize winner.

Sharon Olds (pictured), the recipient for that latter honor, was also awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her 2012 collection, Stag's Leap (Knopf, $16.95). The title poem in that collection exemplifies Olds' intimate narrative style.

Olds also appeared at Squaw Valley's 2012 poetry benefit where she read from a piece that traced the disintegration of a marriage. She's also known for her highly personal, sometimes controversial, poems in books such as the 1984 volume The Dead and the Living (Knopf, $18), a National Book Critics Circle Award winner.

Olds will be joined by former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass, whose recent book of prose, What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World (Ecco, $29.99), was a finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Awards. Rounding out the reading are 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist and 1982 recipient, Galway Kinnell; Brenda Hillman, the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary's College of California; and poet and critic Evie Shockley.

All proceeds benefit financial aid and scholarships for Squaw Valley's poetry program. $22 general admission, $16 students; 216 O Street,