Elizabeth Spires

Elizabeth Spires is the author of several poetry collections, including The Wave-Maker (W. W. Norton, 2008), Now the Green Blade Rises (W. W. Norton, 2004), Swan's Island (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1997), and Worldling (W. W. Norton, 1995), winner of the 1996 Whiting Writers’ Award. An acclaimed children’s author, Spires has also published several children’s books as well, such as The Mouse of Amherst (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999), about a mouse who lives behind a wall in Emily Dickinson’s room. Her honors include the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry. She teaches at Goucher College and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.