Elizabeth Spires

Professor of English; Chair for Distinguished Achievement; Codirector of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing

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B.A., Vassar College, 1974
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1979

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Modern poetry and earlier periods; poetry writing; children's literature; writing for children

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

The Wave-Maker(poems), W.W. Norton, 2008

Now the Green Blade Rises (poems), W.W. Norton, 2002

I Heard God Talking to Me: William Edmondson and His Stone Carvings (poems for all ages),

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009

Poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, and other magazines, and on Writer's Almanac.


Funded Research

Cullman Fellowship, The New York Public Library, 2011-12

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

“Best Books of 2009,” School Library Journal, December 2009 (for I Heard God Talking to Me)

Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1998

Whiting Writer’s Award, 1996

John D. Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1992

Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, 1986