Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty Member

Penn State, M.F.A.
Washington and Lee University, B.A./English
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon


Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist,and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook in collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. Her work has appeared in such journals as African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Shenandoah, and in the anthologies Bum Rush the Page, Role Call, Common Wealth, Gathering Ground, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She is currently at work on a third collection, The Coal Tar Colors.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Creative Writing/Poetry
  • Poetry and Science
  • 19th c. American Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Southern Literature

Current Projects

  • The Coal Tar Colors (collection of poems)
  • Purchase (collection of essays)