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Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Associate Professor


Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook in collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. Her work has appeared in such journals as African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Shenandoah, and in the anthologies Bum Rush the Page, Role Call, Common Wealth, Gathering Ground, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She is currently at work on a third collection, The Coal Tar Colors.


    • English

    Graduate Fields

    • Creative Writing
    • English Language and Literature


    • Creative writing
    • African American literature
    • 19th-Century American literature
    • Creative Writing/Poetry
    • Poetry and Science
    • Southern Literature