Lisa Russ Spaar is the Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Ms. Spaar joined the faculty in 1993 as a lecturer in creative writing and currently serves as director of the area program in poetry writing.
Ms. Spaar has written, edited and published dozens of poems, books, chapters, anthologies, and essays during her career. Her publications include The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry, Vanitas, Rough: Poems and Satin Cash: Poems. More than 80 of her poems, essays, and reviews have been published in publications such as Boston Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, SLATE, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Yale Review. Her most recent book, Orexia: Poems, was published in February 2017. In 2009, Ms. Spaar was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. Ms. Spaar received the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2010, followed by a Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Award in 2013-2015. In 2015, she was one of three national finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.
Ms. Spaar earned a bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude with high distinction in 1978 and a master of fine arts degree in 1982, both from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, Ms. Spaar taught at James Madison University from 1982 to 1985 and at the University of North Texas from 1985 to 1989. Ms. Spaar earned a full professorship at the University of Virginia in 2009.