On Monday, March 11th at 3 p.m. in Marcus White, Guggenheim fellow and award-winning poet Lisa Russ Spaar will be performing her new work. This event is free, and open to the public.
Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of Vanitas, Rough: Poems (forthcoming, 2012), Satin Cash (2008), Blue Venus: Poems (2004), all published by Persea Books, and Glass Town: Poems (Red Hen Press, 1999), for which she received a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers in 2000. Twelve of her poems appear in The Land of Wandering: Exquisite History, Volume 1 (The Printmakers Left / University of Virginia Press, 2005), and numerous anthologies, most recently in Best American Poetry 2008. She is the author of two chapbooks of poems, Blind Boy on Skates (Trilobite/University of North Texas Press, 1988) and Cellar (Alderman Press/University of Virginia, 1983), and is editor of Acquainted With the Night: Insomnia Poems (Columbia UP, 1999) and All That Mighty Heart: London Poems (University of Virginia Press, 2008). Her work has appeared in many literary quarterlies and journals, including Denver Quarterly, Image, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Slate, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. Since 2010, she has been the poetry blogger and reviewer for The Chronicle of Higher Education Review; in 2013 Drunken Boat Media will publish The Hide-and-Seek Muse: A Year of Chronicle Columns & Commentaries on Contemporary American Poetry. Both The Hide-and-Seek Muse and Vanitas, Rough were begun during her Guggenheim Fellowship term.
Ms. Spaar has been honored by the Academy of American Poets, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry (2009), and the Carol Weinstein Poetry Prize (2011–12). In addition, she is the Director of the Area Program in Poetry Writing at the University of Virginia, where she is Professor of English and Creative Writing, an Advising Fellow, and the winner of an All-University Teaching Award (2009), a Harrison Award for Undergraduate Advising, a Mead Honored Faculty Award, and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award (2010).