Award-winning poet Lisa Russ Spaar and newcomer Jim Whiteside to read at Sweet Briar

Poets Lisa Russ Spaar and Jim Whiteside will read from their works at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Browsing Room at Mary Helen Cochran Library. The reading is presented by Sweet Briar’s English and creative writing department and is free and open to the public.

Lisa Russ Spaar
Lisa Russ Spaar

Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, including “Glass Town” (Red Hen Press, 1999), “Blue Venus” (Persea, 2004), “Satin Cash” (Persea, 2008) and, most recently, “Vanitas, Rough” (Persea, December 2012). A new collection of her poems, “Orexia,” will appear from Persea in 2017. A collection of her essays, “The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry,” appeared from Drunken Boat Media in March 2013. Spaar is the editor of “Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems” (Columbia University Press, 1999) and “All that Mighty Heart: London Poems” (University of Virginia Press, 2008), and of a new anthology, “Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Jefferson,” which was published in February by the University of Virginia Press.

Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, a 2016 Pushcart Prize Anthology award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize for Poetry, an All University Teaching Award, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry, a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities fellowship, and the 2013-2014 Faculty Award of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. 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.

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. Her poems have recently been published in Poetry, Boston Review, IMAGE, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other journals and quarterlies. Her commentaries and columns about poetry appear regularly or are forthcoming in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She has been a master teacher at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Seattle Pacific University, and the Vermont Studio Center, and she is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Virginia.

Jim Whiteside holds degrees from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Vanderbilt University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review Online, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Post Road and Forklift, Ohio, among others. Originally from Cookeville, Tenn., he works as a barista and occasionally teaches in Greensboro, N.C.