Lee Upton

Pennsylvania, United States

Member Since: 09/02/2008

Lee Upton is the author of The Tao of Humiliation: Stories  (BOA)  and Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition Boredom Purity & Secrecy (Tupelo).  She is also the author of a novella, The Guide to the Flying Island; five books of poetry and four books of literary criticism; as well as one co-authored book for children.  Her fifth book of poetry, Undid in the Land of Undone, appeared from New Issues Press.  Her fourth book of literary criticism, Defensive Measures, a study of how poets claim distinctive voices, was published by Bucknell University Press.  Her poetry has appeared in two editions of The Best American Poetry and has been included in numerous anthologies as well as in The New Republic, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Harvard ReviewNew England Review, Poetry, and other magazines.  Her fiction has appeared in such journals as Antioch Review, Epoch, Short Fiction (England), Redivider, Northwest Review, Shenandoah, and Ascent.  She has published over fifty articles and essays about literature.  Her awards include the Lyric Poetry Award and The Writer/Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America; the Pushcart Prize; the National Poetry Series Award; the Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series Award; the BOA Short Fiction Award; and the Mary Louise VanArtsdalen Prize for Scholarship, the Marquis Teaching Award, the Jones Award, and the Jones Faculty Lecture Award at Lafayette College, where she is the Writer-in-Residence and a professor of English.

Website: http://sites.lafayette.edu/uptonlee/


  • The Tao of Humiliation: Stories , BOA (2014)
  • Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity & Secrecy , Tupelo (2012)
  • The Guide to the Flying Island , Miami University Press
  • Undid in the Land of Undone , New Issues
  • Defensive Measures , Bucknell University Press


  • BOA Editions Short Fiction Award
  • Miami University Novella Award
  • Pushcart Prize
  • Emily Dickinson Award & Lyric Poetry Award, PSA


  • Professor of English & Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette College


  • Doctoral Degree in English from Binghamton University

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry