"Sounds, experiences, feelings: I've written poems recently inspired by the nucleus of a cell, the music of Thelonious Monk, types of wind, and a pelican's eye. I tend to want to try to step outside my self, as it were, and encounter something or someone from a different perspective, or try to enter that other experience using my imagination and write out what it could be like. "
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Lisa Williams received her master of fine arts in poetry
writing from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Her poems have been published in Blackbird, Poetry, The New Republic, Your Impossible Voice, The Louisville Review, Raritan, on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and in Best American Poetry 2009, Best American Erotic Poetry: 1800 to Present, Bright Wings: An Anthology of Poems about Birds (edited by Billy Collins), and elsewhere.
She is the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Brown Foundation Fellowship from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.
Williams books include, "The Hammered Dulcimer" (winner of the May Swenson Poetry Award), "Woman Reading to the Sea" (winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize) and "Gazelle in the House".
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