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Lisa R. Spaar

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Creative Writing Program
Office location and address
407 Bryan Hall
201 Cabell Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
M.F.A. University of Virginia, 1982
B.A. University of Virginia (summa cum laude), 1978
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see http://college.as.virginia.edu/COLA
ENLT 2555: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Usually an introduction to non-traditional or specialized topics in literary studies, (e.g., native American literature, gay and lesbian studies, techno-literacy, Arthurian romance, Grub Street in eighteenth-century England, and American exceptionalism). For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
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.
PAVS 4500: Pavilion Seminar
Credits: 3
The Pavilion Seminars are open, by instructor permission, to 3rd and 4th year students. They are 3-credit, multidisciplinary seminars, focused on big topics and limited to max. 15 students each. For detailed descriptions of current offerings, see http://college.artsandsciences.virginia.edu/PAVS.
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.
ENPW 4920: Poetry Capstone
Credits: 3
Directed poetry writing project for students in the English Department's Undergraduate Area Program in Poetry Writing, leading to completion of a manuscript of poems. Both courses are required for students in the Distinguished Majors Program. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 4920: Poetry Program Capstone
Credits: 3
Directed poetry writing project for students in the English Department's Undergraduate Area Program in Poetry Writing, leading to completion of a manuscript of poems. Both courses are required for students in the Distinguished Majors Program. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 4993: Independent Project in Creative Writing
Credits: 3
For the student who wants to work on a creative writing project under the direction of a faculty member. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://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.
ENGN 8520: Form and Theory of Poetry
Credits: 3
This course provides a practitioner's perspective on a selection of poetic works.
ENGL 8596: Form and Theory of Poetry
Credits: 3
This course provides a practitioner's perspective on a selection of poetic works.
ENCW 8993: Independent Writing Project
Credits: 3
Intended for graduate students who wish to do work on a creative writing project other than the thesis for the Master of Fine Arts degree under the direction of a faculty member. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
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.
  • Horace W. Goldsmith National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University of Virginia, 2016-2018
  • Selected as one of 3 finalists for the 2016 Robert Cherry Award for Great Teaching at Baylor University ($15,000 honorarium and $10,000 to UVA home department)
  • Winner of a Pushcart Prize 2016 for "Temple Gaudete"
  • One of 5 finalists for the 2014 National Book Circle Critics Award for Excellence in Reviewing
  • Recipient of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Prize, University of Virginia, 2013
  • Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize 2011
  • Edward L. Ayers Faculty Fellow in Advising, 2011-2013
  • State Council for Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, 2010
  • Library of Virgina Award for Poetry, 2009
  • 2009 All-University Teaching Award
  • 2009/2010 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Best American Poetry, 2008
  • Mead Honored Faculty, 2007-2008
  • Emily Clark Balch Award of the Virginia Quarterly Review, 2001
  • Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers, 2000
  • 1999 David A Harrison III Award for Undergraduate Advising, University of Virginia
  • Inclusion in Best Essay Reviews of 1998, in┬áThe Dictionary of Literary Biography, 1999
  • Finalist, National Poetry Series, 1997
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artists Award, 1996
  • Academy of American Poets Prize - University of Virginia, 1978
  • Hoyns Fellowship in Poetry - University of Virginia, 1980