Lee Upton

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Lee Upton (born June 2, 1953 St. Johns, Michigan) is an American poet, fiction writer, literary critic, and a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[1][2][3][4]


She is the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, including The Muse of Abandonment (1998, Bucknell University Press), Civilian Histories (2000, University of Georgia Press), Undid in the Land of Undone (2007, New Issues/Western Michigan University Press), and The Guide to the Flying Island (2009, Miami University Press).[5][6] She is a professor of English and writer in residence at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.[7] In 1990 Upton collaborated with artist Ed Kerns and fellow poet Charles Molesworth on a collaborative exhibition of poetry and images at the Williams Center in Easton.

Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, DoubleTake.


Her poems[edit]



  • Undid in the Land of Undone. New Issues/Western Michigan University. 2007. ISBN 978-1-930974-72-2.
  • Approximate Darling: Poems. University of Georgia Press. 1996. ISBN 978-0-8203-1811-0.
  • Civilian Histories: Poems. University of Georgia Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-8203-2185-1.
  • No Mercy. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press. 1989. ISBN 978-0-87113-339-7.
  • Interior Transformations
  • Invention of Kindness. University of Alabama Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-8173-0197-2.
  • On Stage Tonight. Troll Communications Llc. 1991. ISBN 978-0-89375-791-5.
  • Small Locks. Fallen Angel Press. 1979. ISBN 0-931598-08-7.


Short Story Collections[edit]


  • Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity & Secrecy. Tupelo Press. 2012. ISBN 978-1-936797-13-4.



  • Kevin Young, David Lehman, eds. (2011). The Best American Poetry 2011. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4391-8150-8.
  • Charles Wright, David Lehman, eds. (2008). The Best American Poetry 2008. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-9975-6.
  • David Walker, ed. (2006). American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets. Oberlin College Press. ISBN 978-0-932440-28-0.
  • Susan Burmeister-Brown, ed. (2001). Glimmer Train Stories, #36. Glimmer Train Press. ISBN 978-1-880966-36-5.


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