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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 is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2020. 

Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harper’s Magazine, GrantaThe Believer, N+1The Iowa Review, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, at The Poetry Foundation and elsewhere, and has been recognized with grants and fellowships from Caldera, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and Yale-NUS College where she was an Emerging Writer in Residence. 

She lives with the poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson in Seattle where they edit The Volta, and run a small press called Letter Machine Editions

Additional biographical trivia can be gleaned from interviews at Guernica and The Rumpus.