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Lisa Williams

Charles J. Luellen Professor of English • Director of Creative Writing Program

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BA: Belmont University

MFA: poetry, University of Virginia

MA: University of Cincinnati


Lisa Williams is Charles J. Luellen Professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Centre College, where she has taught since 2001.


Williams has published three books of poems: Gazelle in the House (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2014), Woman Reading to the Sea (2008), and The Hammered Dulcimer (1998). Since 2015, she has served as Series Editor for The University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series. Her poems have been featured in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Orion, The New Republic, Best American Poetry 2009, and on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, as well as other anthologies and magazines. Her essay reviews of contemporary poets have appeared on The, on Poetry Daily, in The Cincinnati Review, Orion, and The Hollins Critic.


Williams has been a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Barnard Women Poets Prize, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and an Al Smith Individual Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council.

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