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, Granta, The Believer, n+1, the Iowa Review, Poetry 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.