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Jane Springer


Jane Springer
Jane Springer

Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

Root Hall 319
315-859-4540

Jane Springer's first book, Dear Blackbird, won the Agha Shahid Ali prize for poetry (University of Utah Press, 2007) and her second, Murder Ballad, won the Beatrice Hawley Award (Alice James Press, 2012). She's received a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among other honors. She's working on a collection of poems and some essays, one of which will appear in an anthology on Appalachian literature titled Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean (Ohio State University Press, 2014). Her academic interests include poetry, poetics, nonfiction and Southern literature. She received her doctorate in creative writing from Florida State University.

Recent Courses Taught

Intro Poetry/Fiction Workshop
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Poetry and Poetics
Honors Project in Creative Writing
Senior Creative Writing Workshop

Distinctions

  • Best American Poetry Prize, 2014, for “War Widows, Stolen Grain,” chosen by Terrance Hayes
  • Sheila Motton Book Award for Murder Ballad, 2013, judged by Vivian Shipley
  • MacDowell Fellowship, fall, 2013, a competitive writers’ residency: Sept. 17-Oct. 19, 2013
  • Pushcart prize (issue XXXVI, 2012) for “Murder Ballad” as submitted by Cincinnati Review
  • Beatrice Hawley open book prize for poetry, 2011, from Alice James Books: Murder Ballad
  • Emerson Research Fellowship, 2011
  • Whiting Award for Poetry, 2010
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 2009-11
  • Agha Shahid Ali prize, 2006, from The University of Utah Press: Dear Blackbird, chosen by J.D. McClatchy
  • Robert Penn Warren prize for best poems in The Southern Review, 2006, as judged by Cleopatra Mathis: “Lamentations” and “Quilts”
  • Pushcart nominations for: “Whiskey Pastoral,” “Snow Angel,” “In Defense of Playing Spin the Bottle in the New Life Church,” “Salt Hill” and “Words”
  • AWP Intro Award, Hayden’s Ferry, 2005, for “The Very Best Woman in All the World”
  • The Jeffery E. Smith Editor’s Prize runner up for Missouri Review, 2006 (1900 entries) for “Stars, as the Bride Who Might Have Been Sees Them”
  • Dean’s Prize for Excellence from Florida State University, 2007
  • Anne Durham Award for Excellence for best M.A. thesis: North American Forests, 2001
  • Graduated with Distinction from FSU’s M.A. program as one of 16 students since 1969 to do so
  • Gulf Coast Teachers of Creative Writing Award, 1999

Selected Publications

  • Murder Ballad, collection of poems chosen by editorial board (800 manuscripts) for the Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books, 2012.
  • Dear Blackbird, collection of poems chosen by J.D. McClatchy (375 manuscripts) for the Agha Shahid Ali open book prize, University of Utah Press, 2007.
  • My Last Door, posthumous collected works of Wendy Bishop co-edited with Laura Newton and Dean Newman, Anhinga Press, 2007.
  • “Lo Siento, the Only People Who Know Where Lake Canasauga is Live There & Aren’t Telling,” Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, Ohio State University Press, 2014.
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  • “Forty War Widows, Stolen Grain.” Best American Poetry, 2014.
  • “A Little Organ Music,” Ghost Town, issue 5, 2014.
  • “Hidden Drive: Dear Artemis,” Ghost Town, issue 5, 2014. 
  • Admonitions for the Homesick Winged,” Hazlitt, Random House Canada, 2013.
  • “Dead Birds, Arkansas, New Year’s Eve,” The Adroit Journal, forthcoming.
  • “Small Cosmos,” Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books, Alice James Books, Feb. 5.
  • “Bare Ruined Choirs,” Birmingham Review 25th Anniversary, issue 40.
  • “Forties War Widows, Stolen Grain,” Birmingham Review 25th Anniversary, issue 40.
  • “In the Garden Dream,” Birmingham Review 25th Anniversary, issue 40.

College Service

Judicial Board
Senior fellowship advisor
Judge for Hamilton College writing prizes
International Writers Festival coordinator

Professional Affiliations

Academy of American Poets & Poetry
Associated Writing Programs
Poetry Society of America
Steel Toe Books
Everything That Bewilders

Appointed to the Faculty: 2006

Educational Background

Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., Florida State University
B.A., The University of Evansville

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