Centre College Faculty
Lisa Williams• Associate Professor of English
• Director of Creative Writing Program
Office: Crounse Hall—411
Lisa Williams is the author of Woman Reading to the Sea (W.W. Norton 2008), which won the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and The Hammered Dulcimer (Utah State University Press, 1998), which won the May Swenson Poetry Award. Her third book of poems, Gazelle in the House, is forthcoming in March 2014 from New Issues Press. Williams's reviews of recent books of poems are forthcoming or recently published in Orion and on Poetry Daily, and are featured on the radio show (also online), “Accents on Books with Lisa Williams.” Her poems have been published in The New Republic, The Cincinnati Review, Raritan, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, Literary Imagination, The Dark Horse (Scotland) and Verse Daily, as well as in the anthologies Best American Poetry 2009, Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds (selected by Billy Collins), and American Poetry: Next Generation. Her essays on contemporary poetry have appeared in The Hollins Critic (for which she is advisory editor), The Cincinnati Review and on Poetry Daily.
Williams is the recipient of a 2011 Brown Foundation Fellowship awarded by the Brown Foundation and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; a 2010 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council; and a 2004 Rome Prize in Literature, awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as poetry fellowships and prizes from the University of Virginia and University of Cincinnati. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry writing from the University of Virginia, her Master’s in Literature from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Arts in English (with French minor) from Belmont University.
Originally from Nashville, Lisa is Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Centre College, where she has taught since 2001. Before teaching at Centre, Williams worked as senior editor for environmental innovators William McDonough and Michael Braungart for their design firms and on their book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (Northpoint Press 2002). Her work on Cradle to Cradle is mentioned in the book Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone Publishing, 2007).
To read about Williams’s receiving the Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship for excellence and creativity, click here.
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