2018-2019 Participants

Lisa Russ Spaar


Lisa Russ Spaar earned a BA and an MFA from the University of Virginia in 1978 and 1980, respectively. She currently serves as Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. She also has taught at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Seattle Pacific University, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Spaar’s most recent collection of poems is Orexia (2017). Her other books of poetry include Vanitas, Rough (2012), Satin Cash (2008), Blue Venus (2004), and Glass Town (1999). She also is the author of the essay collection The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry (2013) and is the editor of the anthologies Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems on Jefferson (2016), All that Mighty Heart: London Poems (2008), and Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems (1999).

Spaar is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry. She was short-listed for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Reviewing.