Elizabeth Spires

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Elizabeth Spires
Occupation Poet and university professor
Language English
Nationality America
Alma mater Vassar College, Johns Hopkins University

Elizabeth Spires (born May 1952 Lancaster, Ohio) is an American poet and university professor.

Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The New Criterion, The Paris Review and many other literary magazines and anthologies. She has been the recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two Ohioana Book Awards, and the Maryland Author Award from the Maryland Library Association .

Spires was raised in Circleville. She graduated from Vassar College and Johns Hopkins University.[1] She lives in Baltimore with her husband and her daughter, a graduate of Columbia University,[2] and is a professor of English at Goucher College, where she holds a Chair for Distinguished Achievement.[3]



Children's books[edit]

  • The Mouse of Amherst. Illustrator Claire A. Nivola. Scholastic. 2001. ISBN 978-0-439-20088-2. 
  • I heard God talking to me: William Edmonton and his Stone Carvings. Frances Foster Books. 2009. ISBN 978-0-374-33528-1. 
  • With one white wing: puzzles in poems and pictures. Illustrator Erik Blegvad. M.K. McElderry Books. 1995. ISBN 978-0-689-50622-2. 


  • The Instant of Knowing: Lectures, Criticism and Occasional Prose by Josephine Jacobsen.


  • A. R. Ammons, David Lehman, eds. (1994). The Best American Poetry 1994. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-89948-6. 

Selected poems available online[edit]

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