The Literary Magazine of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Lisa Russ Spaar
Lisa Russ Spaar is the author and editor of over ten books of poetry and criticism, including Monticello in Mind: 50 Contemporary Poems on Jefferson (2016),Orexia: Poems (2017)., and the forthcoming “more truly and more strange”: Contemporary American Self-Portrait Poems (Persea, 2020). Her honors include a Rona Jaffe Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, and the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry. Among her awards for teaching are an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Faculty Award of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professorship appointment for 2016 - 2018. Her commentaries, reviews, and columns about poetry have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.