Lisa Russ Spaar
Lisa Russ Spaar is a contemporary American poet, professor, and essayist. She is currently a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia and the director of the Area Program in Poetry Writing. She is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently Vanitas, Rough: Poems and Satin Cash: Poems. Her latest collection, Orexia, will be published by Persea Books in 2017. The Virginia Quarterly Review describes her work as "the perfect marriage of the realism of William Carlos Williams . . . and the sleepless heaven-seeking of such cloistered ecstatics as Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manly Hopkins." Her poem, Temple Gaudete, published in IMAGE Journal, won a 2016 Pushcart Prize.
Spaar has also edited several anthologies, including All That Mighty Heart: London Poems, which Billy Collins says "gathers [a] mighty swirl of poetry into a gorgeous volume whose variety and heft rival the city itself— its smoke, roar, and flow."
Spaar graduated summa cum laude from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in 1978. Two years later, in 1980, she returned to the University of Virginia to complete her education with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry).
Spaar's books of poetry include Orexia (forthcoming from Persea Books, 2017), Vanitas, Rough (2012), Satin Cash: Poems 2008, Blue Venus (2004), and [http://www.amazon.com/GLASS-TOWN-LISA-SPAAR/dp/1888996188 Glass Town (1999), for which she won the Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers in 2000.
Spaar's poems have been widely published in many places, including Boston Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, SLATE, The Virginia Quarterly Review, IMAGE Journal, Plume, The Alabama Literary Review, Blackbird, Spirituality & Health, Cerise Press, Connotations Press, Waxwing, TUBA, 32 Poems, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Denver Quarterly, Quarterly West, Verse, Poetry East, Drunken Boat, The Hollins Critic, The Southwest Review, Crazyhorse, The Laurel Review, Bellingham Review, College English, Meridian, Brilliant Corners, The Atlanta Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Free Verse, Carolina Quarterly, American Literary Review, 64, Indiana Review, Smartish Pace, & elsewhere.
Spaar has received numerous teaching honors and awards.
- 2011 Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize 
- 2009/2010 Guggenheim Fellowship 
- 2001 Emily Clark Balch Award of the Virginia Quarterly Review
- 2000 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award
- 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
- Past grief. University of Virginia. 1982.
- Cellar. Alderman Press. 1983.
- Blind Boy on Skates, Trilobite Chapbooks of the University of Northern Texas Press, 1987.
- Glass Town, poems. Red Hen Press. 1999. ISBN 978-1-888996-18-0.
- Acquainted With the Night: Insomnia Poems. Columbia University Press. Fall 1999. ISBN 978-0-231-11544-5.
- Blue Venus: Poems, Persea Books, 2004.
- All That Mighty Heart: London Poems (ed.). University of Virginia Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-8139-2717-6.
- Satin Cash: Poems. Persea Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-89255-343-3.
- Vanitas, rough : poems. New York: Persea Books. 2012.
- Orexia: Poems. Persea Books. 2017.
- Charles Wright, David Lehman, eds. (2008). Best American Poetry, 2008. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-9975-6.
List of poems
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- Weeks, Linton (12 November 2000). "Book Report". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2015.