Lisa Russ Spaar

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Lisa Russ Spaar is an American poet.


She graduated from University of Virginia (summa cum laude), with a B.A. and M.F.A. She teaches at the University of Virginia.[1]

Her work has appeaered in The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review,[2] Ploughshares, The Yale Review, Denver Quarterly, Shenandoah, Indiana Review, The Paris Review, Sonora Review,[3] The Southwest Review.


  • 2011 Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize [4]
  • 2009/2010 Guggenheim Fellowship [5]
  • 2001 Emily Clark Balch Award of the Virginia Quarterly Review
  • 2000 Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers
  • 1997 Finalist, National Poetry Series
  • 1996 Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artists Award
  • 1978 Academy of American Poets Prize - University of Virginia
  • 1980 Hoyns Fellowship in Poetry - University of Virginia



  • Charles Wright, David Lehman, ed. (2008). Best American Poetry, 2008. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-9975-6. 



Lisa Russ Spaar’s poem "I Consider My Mother's Mind" makes me think of something that that has been suddenly and violently emptied after a long time of neglect, a wallet crammed with too many business cards, gummed encrusted post it notes, receipts, expired credit cards and coupons, small scraps of paper with phone numbers attached to first names whose faces you've forgotten.[6]


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