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Lia Purpura

November 7, 2013

Lia Purpura is the author of three collections of poems (King Baby, Stone Sky Lifting, and The Brighter the Veil), three collections of essays (Rough Likeness, On Looking, Increase), and one collection of translations, (Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash).

In addition to a 2012 Guggenheim fellowship, Lia Purpura has also been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and multiple residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony.

Purpura’s poems and essays appear in: Agni Magazine, Ecotone, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and many other magazines and anthologies, including Best American Essays 2011 and The Pushcart Anthology.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a teaching/writing fellow in poetry, Lia Purpura is a writer in residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and teaches in the master’s program at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Wash. She served as Bedell Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa’s master’s program in nonfiction, Coal Royalty Visiting Professor at the University of Alabama’s master’s program, and visiting writer at the Bennington Writing Program, as well as visiting writer at the Warren and Patricia Benson Forum on Creativity at Eastman Conservatory, in Rochester, N.Y., and at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference.