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Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Associate Professor


LYRAE VAN CLIEF-STEFANON is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is currently at work on The Coal Tar Colors, her third poetry collection, and Purchase, a collection of essays. She has written plays and lyrics for The Cherry, an Ithaca arts collective. She was one of ten celebrated poets commissioned to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series in conjunction with the 2015 exhibit One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works for MoMA.


    • American Studies Program
    • 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


    Fall 2020


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