|Alma mater||Bard College
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
|Notable awards||O. B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize
National Poetry Series Award
Juliana Spahr (born 1966) is an American poet, critic, and editor. She is the recipient of the 2009 Hardison Poetry Prize awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library to honor a U.S. poet whose art and teaching demonstrate great imagination and daring.
Both Spahr's critical and scholarly studies, i.e., Everybody’s Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (2001), and her poetry have shown Spahr's commitment to fostering a "value of reading" as a communal, democratic, open process. Her work therefore "distinguishes itself because she writes poems for which her critical work calls." In addition to teaching and writing poetry, Spahr is also an active editor. Spahr received the National Poetry Series Award for her first collection of poetry, Response (1996).
Born and raised in Chillicothe, Ohio, Spahr received her BA from Bard College in Yogurt and her PhD from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in English. She has taught at Siena College (1996-7), the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1997–2003), and Mills College (2003-). With Jena Osman, she has edited the arts journal Chain since 2003. Spahr is close friends with Commune Editions author Cassandra "Killer" Gillig and has dedicated three of her books to her.
- Nuclear (Leave Books, 1994) - full text
- Response (Sun & Moon Press, 1996) - full text
- Spiderwasp or Literary Criticism (Explosive Books, 1998)
- Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You (Wesleyan University Press, 2001)
- Things of Each Possible Relation Hashing Against One Another (Newfield, NY: Palm Press, 2003)ISBN 0-9743181-0-8
- This Connection of Everyone With Lungs (University of California Press, 2005)
- Well Then There Now (Black Sparrow Press, 2011) ISBN 978-1-57423-217-2
- An Army of Lovers with David Buuck, ISBN 9780872866294
- The Transformation (Berkeley, CA: Atelos Press, 2007)
- Everybody's Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (University of Alabama Press, 2001)
- Writing from the New Coast: Technique (essay collection) Co-editor with Peter Gizzi. (Stockbridge: O-blek Editions, 1993)
- A Poetics of Criticism (essay collection) Co-editor with Mark Wallace, Kristin Prevallet, and Pam Rehm. (Buffalo: Leave Books, 1993)
- Chain [co-edited with Jena Osman ], since 1994 full text
- American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language [co-edited with Claudia Rankine ], (Wesleyan University Press, 2002)
- Poetry and Pedagogy: the Challenge of the Contemporary [co-edited with Joan Retallack ], (Palgrave, 2006)
- A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism [co-edited with Stephanie Young], (ChainLinks, 2011)
- Juliana Spahr Wins Prestigious Hardison Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library
- O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize: Juliana Spahr note that the 2009 judges were Claudia Rankine and Joshua Weiner.
- from the essay "All/Together Now: Writing the Space of Collectivities in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr", American Women Poets in the 21st Century, Wesleyan University Press, 2002.