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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
Biography

DEBRA NYSTROM is the author of four poetry collections:  A Quarter Turn, Torn Sky, Bad River Road, andNight Sky Frequencies, New and Selected Poems.  Her poetry, fictionand nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including BestAmerican Poetry, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Slate, The Kenyon Review,Narrative, Georgia Review and Yale Review.   Nystromis the recipient of the James Dickey Award from Five Points, VQR’s BalchAward, Shenandoah’s Boatwright Prize and The Virginia Prize forPoetry, and she’s been awarded fellowships from The Virginia Commission for theArts and The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.   She teaches inthe MFA Program at The University of Virginia.  

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Night Sky Frequencies and Selected Poems, Sheep Meadow Press,2016

Bad River Road, Sarabande Books, 2009

Torn Sky, Sarabande Books, 2003

A Quarter Turn, Sheep Meadow Press,1991

Recent Poems, Nonfiction, Stories

·       Narrative, “Early Cartography”(nonfiction), publication date fall 2021

·       Georgia Review: “My Mother’s Gowns”(nonfiction), 2021

·       Five Points, “Twilight Zone”(nonfiction), 2021

·       NorthWest Review: “Earliest Photograph”(poem), 2020 

·       Agni Review: “Dream of theSubjunctive” (nonfiction), 2020

·       Blackbird: “Haven’t I Been Sweetto You” (nonfiction), 2019

·       Plume: “Observatory at thePrison” (poem), 2019

·       Narrative: “On the Line”(nonfiction), 2018

·       Kenyon Review: “You Didn’t Hear ItFrom Me” (nonfiction), 2018

·       Conjunctions: “After Three Years, HeSaid, These Little Trees Will Bear Fruit” (nonfiction), 2018

·       Previous Publications (Selected) in:  
Agni Review, American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Blackbird, Boston Review,Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Five Points, HarvardReview, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, NorthAmerican Review, Northwest Review, Orion, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, PrairieSchooner, Quarterly West, Shenandoah, Seattle Review, Slate, Southwest Review,The Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Yale Review
 and many others.

Reviews and Essays

·  The Virginia Quarterly Review: “Ecstatic Sorrow: Claudia Emerson’s Impossible Bottle,” 2016

·  The Virginia Quarterly Review “Carol Muske-Dukes andthe Art of Empathy,” 2015

·  Kenyon Review “This is NoDream,” 2012 

Anthologized Work In

·  More in Time, University of NebraskaPress, 2021

·  More Truly and More Strange: 100Contemporary American Self-Portrait Poems, Persea Press, 2020

·  American Birds: A Literary Companion, Library of America,2020

·  Plume Poetry 7, Plume, 2019

·  The Golden Shovel: Honoring GwendolynBrooks,University of Arkansas Press, 2017

·  The Mind of Monticello, University ofVirginia Press, 2016

·  Good Poems, American Places, Viking, 2012

·  The Kingdom of Grass, Center for WesternStudies Press, 2011

·  Bright Wings, Perseus Press, 2009

·  Best American Poetry 2008, Scribner 2009

·  When She Named Fire: Contemporary Poetry byWomen, Autumn House Press, 2008

·  Red, White and Blues: On the Promise ofAmerica, Universityof Iowa Press, 2004

·  Strongly Spent: Fifty Years of Shenandoah, Shenandoah,2004

·  Common Wealth, University of VirginiaPress, 2003

·  Birthday Poems, Thunder's Mouth Press,2002

·  Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence inAmerica, Universityof Iowa Press, 2002

·  Acquainted With the Night, Columbia UniversityPress, 1999

·  The Sheep Meadow Anthology, Sheep Meadow Press, 1999

·  More Light, National Writers' VoiceProject, Harcourt Brace, 1994

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 ResearchGrants, 2020, 2019, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2006

    ·  Best American Essays 2019, “Notable Essays andLiterary Nonfiction of 2018” selection 

    ·  Narrative “Story of the Week”selection, 2018

    ·  UVA Arts Faculty Fellowship, 2017-2018

    ·  Virginia Foundation for the HumanitiesResearch Fellowship, 2013

    ·  American Life in Poetry Features, ThePoetry Foundation, 2016, 2012, 2005

    ·  Virginia Prize for Poetry, 2010 and 2004

    ·  Academy of American Poets Poetry MonthFeature, 2009

    ·  Writers' Almanac Feature, 2012, 2009 and2004

    ·  Best American Poetry selection, 2008

    ·  Virginia Commonwealth University CabellMemorial Panel, 2008    

    ·  James Dickey Prize in Poetry, FivePoints Magazine, 2007

    ·  Shepard Visiting Writer, University ofWyoming Conference on Social Justice, 2004

    ·  Hemley Award finalist, Poetry Society ofAmerica, 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'sEducation, University of Virginia, 2002

    ·  Boatwright Prize for Poetry, Shenandoah, 2000and 1994

    ·  Virginia Commission for the Arts IndividualFellowships in Poetry, 1997 and 1987

    ·  Balch Prize for Poetry, VirginiaQuarterly Review, 1991

    ·  National Poetry Series finalist, 1990

    ·  Yaddo Fellowship,1984

    ·  Hoyns post-graduate fellowship, Universityof Virginia, 1982