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Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Associate Professor


Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 finalist for the National Book Award and the LA Times Book Prize, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as the chapbooks Leading with a Naked Body with Leela Chantrelle and Poems in Conversation and a Conversation with Elizabeth Alexander. She has been awarded fellowships from Cave Canem, the Lannan Foundation, and Civitella Ranieri. She has written plays and lyrics for The Cherry, an Ithaca arts collective, and in 2018, her work was featured in Courage Everywhere, celebrating women’s suffrage and the fight for political equality, at National Theatre London.


    • Literatures in English
    • American Studies Program

    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 2021


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