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 and will be published in 2018. A short essay about the book can be found at the Poetry Society of America. A new book of nonfiction, Believers, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2019.
After dropping out of the 10th grade, Wells spent 15 years working a variety of jobs, mainly in the service industry, 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 in Singapore where she was an Emerging Writer in Residence. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Best New Poets, The Believer, N+1 Online, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, 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 where they edit The Volta and run a small press called Letter Machine Editions.