Lisa Russ Spaar

Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of over ten books, including Monticello in Mind: 50 Contemporary Poets on Jefferson (UVA Press, 2016), Orexia: Poems (Persea, 2017), and the forthcoming anthology, “more truly and more strange”: Contemporary American Self-Portrait Poems (Persea, 2020). Her honors include a Rona Jaffe Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Library of Virginia Prize Literary Award, and the Carole Weinstein Award for Poetry. Spaar’s poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize Anthology series, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Boston Review, IMAGE, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly ReviewThe Paris ReviewYale Review, the Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

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