Elizabeth Spires: Author Feature

Elizabeth Spires (b. 1952 in Lancaster, Ohio) is the author of five collections of poetry as well as several books for children. She has been the recipient a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1998 she received the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Maryland Author Award from the Maryland Library Association. Her poems have been featured on National Public Radio and have appeared in The New Yorker,  American Poetry Review, The New Criterion, and in many anthologies, including Contemporary American Poetry (7th edition) and The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, the novelist Madison Smartt Bell, and their daughter, and is a Professor of English at Goucher College where she holds a Chair for Distinguished Achievement.






Also by Elizabeth Spires

Swan’s Island
Globe (Wesleyan Poetry Program)



The Instant of Knowing: Lectures, Criticism, and Occasional Prose of Josephine Jacobsen


Books for Children

The Mouse of Amherst
I Am Arachne: Fifteen Greek and Roman Myths
RIDDLE ROAD: Puzzles in Poems and Pictures


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