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Lia Purpura

Lia Purpura (author page at Amazon) is the author of eight collections of essays, poems, and translations, most recently the poetry cycle It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Viking/Penguin). Her second book of essays, On Looking, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other recognitions include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, three Pushcart Prizes, the AWP Award in Nonfiction, and the Beatrice Hawley and Ohio State University Press awards in poetry. Her work has appeared in Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best American Essays, and elsewhere. She is writer-in-residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop, and is a contributing editor of AGNI. (updated 4/2017)

Purpura’s AGNI essay “Glaciology” won a Pushcart Prize and is reprinted in the 2006 anthology.

AGNI has published the following work by Lia Purpura:

Against “Gunmetal”
Being of Two Minds
Brief Treatise Against Irony
The Lustres
Memo Re: Beach Glass
Two Experiments and a Coda
Walk with Snowy Things


AGNI has published the following translations by Lia Purpura:

Exorcist by Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska (translated with the author)
On Manet’s “Olympia” by Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska (translated with the author)

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