Lisa Russ Spaar
Blue Egg

This is Not a Bill


Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of Blue Venus: Poems (Persea Books, 2004) and Glass Town: Poems (Red Hen Press, 1999), for which she received a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers in 2000. Her new collection of poems, Satin Cash, is due out from Persea Books in 2008. Twelve of her new poems appear in Exquisite History: The Land of Wandering: Poems & Prints (The Printmakers Left, University of Virginia Press, 2005). She is also 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 the editor of Acquainted With the Night: Insomnia Poems (Columbia UP, 1999). She is editing an anthology of London poems, All That Mighty Heart, forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press in 2008.

Her work has appeared in many literary quarterlies and journals, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, Image, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Spaar is the Director of the Area Program in Poetry Writing at the University of Virginia, where she is an Associate Professor of English.