The Last Mastodon




Christina Olson

« Rattle Chapbook Prize Winner »

Cover of The Last Mastodon, dark black photograph of mastodon teeth with title in hot pink letteringIn summer of 2017, Christina Olson was invited to serve as poet-in-residence for apaleontology conference and exhibition (“The Valley of the Mastodons”) at the Western Science Center in Hemet, California. These poems, exploring the nature of history, assembly, and ownership, were inspired by that time spent among the paleontologists as well as Olson’s observations of the museum’s collections of fossils, particularly Max the Mastodon.


Sample Poems

• “Who Gets to Be a Fossil” in Rattle (online)
• “How to Care for Your American Mastodon” in Rattle (online)”
• “Who Gets to Be a Fossil” in Rattle (online)
• “Self-Portrait as Mastodon Remains” in Poetry Daily

Other Poems by Christina Olson

Two Poems in Superstition Review #16
• “Lost” in Verse Daily
• “Last Love Poem for Ernest Shackleton” in Virginia Quarterly Review
Two Poems in Hobart Pulp

About the Author

Photo of Christina Olson next to Max the Mastodon skullChristina Olson is the author of the poetry collections Terminal Human Velocity and Before I Came Home Naked as well as the chapbooks Weird Science and Rook & The M.E.: A Law & Order-Inspired Narrative. Her poetry and nonfiction has appeared in Arts & Letters, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Brevity, River Styx, Gulf Coast, Passages North, The Normal School, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 3. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Willapa Bay AiR. She teaches creative writing at Georgia Southern University and tweets as @olsonquest. (web)


Cover art by Christina Olson

ISBN: 978-1-931307-43-7
Cover price: $6.00
Chapbook: 36 pages
Size: 6″ x 9″