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Debra L. Nystrom

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Creative Writing Program
Office location and address
430 Bryan Hall
201 Cabell Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
MFA, Goddard/Warren Wilson, 1980
B.A., University of South Dakota (summa cum laude), 1976
ENCW 3310: Intermediate Poetry Writing I
Credits: 3
For students advanced beyond the level of ENWR 2300. Involves workshop of student work, craft discussion, and relevant reading. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 4820: Poetry Program Poetics
Credits: 3
This poetics seminar, designed for students in the English Department's Area program in Poetry Writing but open to other students on a space-available basis, is a close readings course for serious makers and readers of poems. Seminar topics vary by semester. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENPW 4820: Poetry Program Poetics
Credits: 3
This poetics seminar, designed for students in the English Department's Area program in Poetry Writing but open to other students on a space-available basis, is a close readings course for serious makers and readers of poems. Seminar topics vary by semester. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENCW 4830: Advanced Poetry Writing I
Credits: 3
For advanced students with prior experience in writing poetry. Student work is discussed in class and in individual conferences. Reading in contemporary poetry is also assigned. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 5310: Advanced Poetry Writing II
Credits: 3
Intensive work in poetry writing, for students with prior experience. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 7310: MFA Poetry Workshop
Credits: 3
Graduate-level poetry writing workshop for advanced writing students. A weekly 2.5 hour workshop discussion of student poems. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 8596: Form and Theory of Poetry
Credits: 3
This course provides a practitioner's perspective on a selection of poetic works.
ENCW 8999: MFA Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Non-topical research hours taken as part of the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
  • University of Virginia Arts Research Grants, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2006
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanites Research Fellowship, 2013
  • American Life in Poetry Features, The Poetry Foundation, 2016, 2012 and 2005
  • Virginia Prize for Poetry, 2010 and 2004
  • Academy of American Poets Poetry Month Feature, 2009
  • Writers' Almanac Feature, 2012, 2009 and 2004
  • Best American Poetry, 2008
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell Memorial Panel, 2008    
  • James Dickey Prize in Poetry, Five Points Magazine, 2007
  • Shepard Visiting Writer, University of Wyoming Conference on Social Justice, 2004
  • Hemley Award finalist, Poetry Society of America, 2004
  • PoetryNet Poet of the Month, April 2004
  • Pushcart Prize nominations, 2009, 2008, 2004, 2003, 1990, 1988, 1985, 1984
  • Heart/Borders Poetry Prize, 2002
  • Lantern Society Award for Women's Education, University of Virginia, 2002
  • Boatwright Prize for Poetry, Shenandoah, 2000 and 1994
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Fellowships in Poetry, 1997 and 1987
  • Balch Prize for Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, 1991
  • National Poetry Series finalist, 1990
  • Yaddo Fellowship,1984
  • Hoyns post-graduate fellowship, University of Virginia, 1982