Lisa Russ Spaar

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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.[1] 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."[2]

Education[edit]

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).

Poetry[edit]

Spaar's books of poetry include Orexia (forthcoming from Persea Books, 2017),[3] 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,[4] Poetry,[5] Ploughshares,[6] The Paris Review,[7] SLATE,[8] The Virginia Quarterly Review,[9] IMAGE Journal,[10] Plume,[11] The Alabama Literary Review,[12] Blackbird,[13] Spirituality & Health, Cerise Press,[14] Connotations Press,[15] Waxwing,[16] TUBA, 32 Poems,[17] Shenandoah,[18] TriQuarterly,[19] The Kenyon Review,[20] The Yale Review,[21] Denver Quarterly, Quarterly West,[22] Verse, Poetry East, Drunken Boat,[23] The Hollins Critic, The Southwest Review, Crazyhorse, The Laurel Review, Bellingham Review,[24] College English,[25] Meridian,[26] Brilliant Corners,[27] The Atlanta Review, The Southern Poetry Review,[28] Poet Lore, Free Verse,[29] Carolina Quarterly, American Literary Review, 64, Indiana Review,[30] Smartish Pace,[31] & elsewhere.

Prose[edit]

Currently, Spaar writes a series of articles entitled "Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry," published through the Los Angeles Review of Books.[32]

Spaar has contributed more than 70 articles to the Chronicle of Higher Education, including the Monday's Poem series[33] and the Spaar on Poetry series.[34]

Teaching[edit]

Spaar has received numerous teaching honors and awards.

Awards[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 

Anthologies[edit]

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

Criticism[edit]

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Trailing Mary and Martha: 3AM
  • Spaar, Lisa Russ (2012). Vanitas, rough : poems. New York: Persea Books. 
  • Spaar, Lisa Russ (Jan–Feb 2013). "Trailing Mary and Martha: 3AM". Poetry. Spirituality & Health. 15 (6): 20. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.engl.virginia.edu/people/lrs9e
  2. ^ http://books.upress.virginia.edu/detail%2Fbooks%2Fgroup-3573.xml?q=all%20that%20...
  3. ^ http://www.perseabooks.com/
  4. ^ http://bostonreview.net/author/lisa-russ-spaar
  5. ^ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/lisa-russ-spaar
  6. ^ https://www.pshares.org/authors/lisa-russ-spaar
  7. ^ http://www.theparisreview.org/poetry/author/#list
  8. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/poem/2011/05/the_irises.html
  9. ^ http://www.vqronline.org/people/lisa-russ-spaar
  10. ^ http://imagejournal.org/artist/lisa-russ-spaar/
  11. ^ http://madhat-press.com/products/the-plume-anthology-of-poetry-2013
  12. ^ http://spectrum.troy.edu/alr/v17/v17Spaar.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v10n2/poetry/spaar_l/index.shtml
  14. ^ http://www.cerisepress.com/03/07/soul-cake
  15. ^ http://www.connotationpress.com/a-poetry-congeries-with-john-hoppenthaler/2012/september-2012/1527-lisa-russ-spaar-poetry
  16. ^ http://waxwingmag.org/archive/02/writing.php?item=62
  17. ^ http://www.32poems.com/issues/lisa-russ-spaar-going-to-bed
  18. ^ http://shenandoahliterary.org/621/author/lspaar/
  19. ^ http://www.triquarterly.org/contributors/lisa-russ-spaar
  20. ^ http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/poems/44723891/kismet
  21. ^ http://www.yale.edu/yalereview/backissues/933.html
  22. ^ http://quarterlywest.com/?p=850
  23. ^ http://www.drunkenboat.com/db3/spaar/spaar.html
  24. ^ http://bhreview.org/1997/12/01/winter-19971998-issue-42/
  25. ^ http://www.ncte.org/journals/ce/issues/v59-4
  26. ^ http://www.versedaily.org/2007/nopicnic.shtml
  27. ^ http://www.lycoming.edu/brilliantCorners/sample.aspx
  28. ^ http://www.southernpoetryreview.com/shop/volume-38-issue-1/
  29. ^ http://english.chass.ncsu.edu/freeverse/Archives/Spring_2006/poems/L_Sparr.html
  30. ^ http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/poems/19989665/blackberries
  31. ^ http://www.smartishpace.com/media/video_poetry_readings/
  32. ^ https://lareviewofbooks.org/contributor/lisa-russ-spaar
  33. ^ http://chronicle.com/blogs/arts/mondays-poem-my-meadow-my-twilight-by-carl-phillips/27908
  34. ^ http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/spaar-on-writing-cabin-fever/43610
  35. ^ http://www.weinsteinpoetryprize.com/recipients.html#spaar
  36. ^ http://www.gf.org/fellows/16469-lisa-russ-spaar
  37. ^ Weeks, Linton (12 November 2000). "Book Report". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 

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