Shara Lessley is the author of The Explosive Expert’s Wife and Two-Headed Nightingale, and co-editor of The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice. A former Wallace Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University, her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Mary Wood Fellowship from Washington College, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University, and a “Discovery”/The Nation prize, among others. Shara’s poems appear widely in magazines and anthologies. She was the inaugural Anne Spencer poet in residence at Randolph College and currently serves as assistant poetry editor for Acre Books. She lives in Oxford, England.
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