Lisa Wells is a poet and essayist from Portland, Oregon. She is the author of a poetry collection, The Fix (2018), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize, and a book of nonfiction forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2020. Her poems and essays can be found in Harper’s Magazine, GrantaThe Believern+1, the Iowa ReviewPoetry Society of America, and elsewhere.

A first generation college graduate, Wells dropped out of high school and worked in food service for 15 years before earning a BFA from Goddard College, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Wells lives with the poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson in Seattle, where they edit a journal, The Volta, and a small press called Letter Machine Editions. 


Poems by Lisa Wells
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