Shara Lessley

United Kingdom

Member Since: 08/27/2012

Shara Lessley is the author of Two-Headed Nightingale (New Issues 2012). A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, her awards include an Artist Fellowship from the State of North Carolina, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Colgate University's O'Connor Fellowship, The Gilman School's Reginald S. Tickner Fellowship, Washington College's Mary Wood Fellowship, and a Discovery / "The Nation" prize. Shara's poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, New England Review, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, and Threepenny, among others. Her work has also been published in Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Poetry Justice Anthology, The Ecopoetry Anthology and The Rumpus Poetry Anthology. A Contributing Editor for West Branch, Shara teaches private courses and workshops. She is currently co-editing an anthology of essays on poetry and place, and lives in England where she is Operations Director for Oxford Writers' House.





Twitter Username: @sharalessley


  • Two-Headed Nightingale , New Issues (2012)
  • The Explosive Expert's Wife , University of Wisconsin, 2018
  • The Poem's Country (co-editor, Bruce Snider) , Pleiades, 2018


  • Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Stanford University)(2003)
  • Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship (Colgate University)(2005)
  • Reginald S. Tickner Fellowship (The Gilman School)(2006)
  • "Discovery" / The Nation Prize(2006)
  • Diane K. Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship (Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing)(2007)
  • John Ciardi Poetry Scholarship (Bread Loaf)(2008)
  • Isotope: Editor's Prize in Poetry(2009)
  • North Carolina Arts Council: Artist Fellowship(2009)
  • Mary Wood Fellowship (Washington College)(2013)
  • NEA Fellowship in Poetry(2015)
  • Patricia Aakhus Award(2015)
  • Erika Mumford Prize(2015)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from University of California, Irvine (1997)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English from University of California, Irvine (1997)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry from University of Maryland (2003)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry