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Bethesda Magazine's 2017 Best of Bethesda Editors' Pick for "Best Place for Literary Inspiration"

 

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Poets Debra Nystrom and Lisa Russ Spaar

Sun, 2 Apr, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We welcome Debra Nystrom and Lisa Russ Spaar, poets who teach at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Nystrom’s new collection, Night Sky Frequencies, was published by Sheep Meadow Press. Lisa Russ Spaar will read from Orexia (Persea). The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Debra Nystrom is the author of four poetry collections:  A Quarter Turn, Torn Sky, Bad River Road, and most recently Night Sky Frequencies (Sheep Meadow Press, 2016).  Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, Slate, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review and The American Poetry Review, and has been reprinted on Poetry Daily, The Writer’s Almanac and The Poetry Foundation’s American Life in Poetry.  Nystrom is the recipient of the James Dickey Award from Five Points, The Virginia Quarterly Review’s Balch Poetry Award, the James Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah and The Virginia Prize for Poetry, and she has been awarded fellowships from The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.   She teaches in the MFA Program at The University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.    

Lisa Russ Spaar is the author/editor of over ten books of poetry and criticism, including Monticello in Mind:  50 Contemporary Poems on Jefferson (University of Virginia Press, 2016) and Orexia:  Poems (Persea Books, 2017). Her honors include a Rona Jaffe Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, and the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry.  Spaar’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize Anthology series and are frequently reprinted on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.  Recent work has appeared in Poetry, Boston Review, IMAGE, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.  Her awards for teaching include an All University Teaching Award, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the 2013-2014 Faculty Award of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professorship appointment for 2016 - 2018.  She was a 2014 Finalist for the National Book Circle Critics Award for Excellence in Reviewing and one of three national finalists for the 2016 Cherry Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She is a professor in the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English at the University of Virginia.

Location: The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
Fees: Free admission.
Contact: 301-654-8664 or post.master@writer.org
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