Olympus Heights by Kevin Carey & Colleen Michaels

Olympus Heights

Poetry by Kevin Carey & Colleen Michaels


Praise for Olympus Heights

“With Olympus Heights, Kevin Carey and Colleen Michaels have done no less than reclaim for us the classical pantheon, restoring its relevance in a cock-eyed and satirical way. Here the gods’ adventures are comedy, the serious kind that pokes fun at the pompous, levels high and low, and calls out absurdity. Using free verse, strict forms, adapted formats, and prose poems, Carey and Michaels give us portraits of power without gravitas, all-too-human gods with no real humanity, a commedia that wryly tucks its incisive political and ethical insights in ribaldry and farce. We — “poor rooked humans, lined up by class” — laugh and understand. What else can we do?”

— Richard Hoffman author of People Once Real

About the Authors

Colleen Michaels is the author of Prize Wheel (Small Bites Press, 2023). Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Passages North, Nixes Mate, The Paterson Review, Cider Press Review, Barrelhouse, Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore (Indigo Ink Press), and Raising Lilly Ledbetter:Women Poets Occupy the Work Space (Lost Horse Press). Her poems have been commissioned as installations for The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, The Peabody Essex Museum, and The Trustees of Reservations. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, and is the creator of the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, bringing poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools.  Yes, in the swimming pool.

Kevin Carey is Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. Books include: The Beach People (2014), The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012), Jesus Was a Homeboy (2016) which was an Honor book for the Paterson Literary Prize, & Set in Stone (2020). His poems have appeared on The Writers Almanac on National Public Radio three times and on The Academy of American Poets Poem a Day. Kevin is also a playwright and a filmmaker. He has co-directed & co-produced two documentaries about poets, All That Lies Between Us and Unburying Malcolm Miller. A crime novel, Murder in the Marsh, from Darkstroke Books, was released in October (2020). A new middle grade novel Junior Miles and the Junkman dropped in September of 2023 from Fitzroy Books / Regal House Publishing. Kevin is the co-founder of Molecule: a tiny lit mag. Kevincareywriter.co