Lia Purpura is the author of three books of poetry and two books of lyric essays. Her first poetry collection won an AWP Poetry Award, and her most recent essay collection, On
Looking, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has also held NEA and Fulbright Fellowships (Translation, Warsaw, Poland), three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Maryland State Arts
Council, and multiple residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Millay Colony, and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Purpura’s poems and essays have
appeared or are forthcoming in: Agni Magazine, DoubleTake, Ecotone, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and many other magazines and
anthologies. Six of her essays have been cited as “Notable Essays” in The Best American Essays. Purpura is Writer in Residence at Loyola University in Baltimore and teaches in the
low-residency MFA program, Rainier Writing Workshop, at PLU in Tacoma, Washington. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, conductor Jed Gaylin, and their son.