Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of tether, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2020, Errata (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), which was selected by Adrienne Su as a winner of the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award and was named a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors’ Best Book of 2015 and for Foreword Review’s 2015 Book of the Year awards, In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, and Back-Talk, winner of the Rooms Chapbook Contest (2010).
She is the recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rona Jaffe Scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize, chosen by Dana Levin. Her poetry and prose have been anthologized in Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Best of Kore Press, The Way North, Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Double Kiss: Contemporary Writers on the Art of Billiards, and on Verse Daily. Best American Essays 2016 named her lyric essay “Why to Run Racks” a Notable Essay of 2015. Her most recent & forthcoming prose and poetry publications include 32 Poems, AGNI, Blackbird, Brevity, The Los Angeles Review, Narrative, Passages North, Pleiades, and The Cincinnati Review.
Lisa Fay received her M.A. (nonfiction) and M.F.A. (poetry) from Northern Michigan University, where she was Poetry Editor for Passages North, and she completed her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah, where she was Poetry Editor for Quarterly West. She is an annual editor/judge for Black Lawrence Press’ Black River Chapbook Competition. She has taught writing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Utah, Snow College, and the University of Oregon. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry & Creative Nonfiction at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Writer’s Workshop, where she coordinates the WRWS Reading Series and advises the campus literary journal, 13th Floor.
See her Curriculum Vitae