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Lisa Wells is a poet and nonfiction writer from Portland, Oregon. Her debut collection of poetry, THE FIX, was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy for the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize. A short essay about the book can be found at the Poetry Society of America, and a review can be read Publisher’s Weekly.
A new book of nonfiction, Believers, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harper’s Magazine, Granta, The Believer, N+1 online, The Iowa Review, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly and elsewhere, and has been recognized with grants and fellowships from Caldera Arts, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, among others. She lives with the poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson in Seattle and Tucson where they edit The Volta, and run a small press called Letter Machine Editions. She currently teaches poetry at The Hugo House and The Arizona Poetry Center.
After dropping out of the 10th grade, Wells worked a variety of jobs for fifteen years, before receiving a BFA in Writing from Goddard College, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She’s taught poetry and nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Arizona, and Yale-NUS College where she was an Emerging Writer in Residence. Additional biographical trivia can be gleaned from interviews at Guernica and The Rumpus.