Jacqueline  Lyons

Jacqueline Lyons, Ph.D.

Professor of English



Dr. Jacqueline Lyons’ areas of expertise include creative writing, poetry and poetics, literary nonfiction, and post-colonial literature & theory. Her research and creative interests also include Ecopoetry and Irish literature.

Professor Lyons teaches writing and literature courses in the English department, in the University Honor's Program, and teaches yoga as an Activities course to CLU students.

She is founder and director of the Guest Writers Series, founding faculty advisor of the Write Club, mentor to creative writing minors, and faculty advisor to CLU's literary arts magazine Morning Glory.

Dr. Lyons is the author of four books of poetry: the poetry collections Adorable Airport (Barrow Street Press), and The Way They Say Yes Here (Hanging Loose Press), and the poetry chapbooks Earthquake Daily (New Michigan Press) and Lost Colony (Dancing Girl Press).

Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, a California Humanities Grant, a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Nonfiction, and Utah Arts Council Literary Awards in both Poetry and Nonfiction.

She is a member of AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs), the Academy of American Poets, and the Slow Fox Writers Collective.



Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Literature & Poetry Writing, University of Utah

Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing, Colorado State University

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire




Adorable Airport (poetry), Barrow Street Press, 2018

Earthquake Daily (poetry), New Michigan Press, 2017

Lost Colony (poetry), Dancing Girl Press, 2009

The Way They Say Yes Here (poetry), Hanging Loose Press, 2004



"Consider the Pangolin", The Ocean State Review, Vol. 11 No. 1, 2022

“Morning Quake”,  “Friday’s Quake,” “Sunday’s Quake”, Interim Vol. 34, Issue 3, 2017 

“Epoch Quake”, “Seven-Year Quake”, “Second Quake Today” (from Earthquake Kit), Salamander, Spring/Summer 2017

 “Adorable Airport (September Forever)”, “Adorable Airport (let me now)”, “Adorable (airport) Snow”, Sugar House Review, Issue #12, Fall /Winter 2015

"Adorable airport" & "To Fall", The Ocean State Review, 2013

"Because My Little Dog", Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, 2012

"Not a Vague Province", Blood Orange Review, Vol. 5.2, 2010

"Heartland", The Journal, Issue 33.2, 2009

"One Winter", Barrow Street, Winter 2008

"1964", Hanging Loose, Fall 2008

"My Life in Quebec", Indiana Review, Winter 2007 (Winner of Indiana Review Poetry Prize)

"We say island..." and "The lavender as much as the bumblebee..." Colorado Review, Summer 2007

"Stages of Her Soft Eclipse", Interim, Vol. 22, No. 1 & 2, 2004

Selections from Lost Colony, Barrow Street, Summer 2003

Selections from Lost Colony, Bellingham Review, Issue 53, 2003

"How a Rushing Chooses Direction", Sonora Review, No. 44, 2003

"A Map..." & "Talking with Toka", Hanging Loose, No. 81, 2002

"The Magician's Wife" & "The Bull Rider's Wife", Southwestern American Lit., Vol. 27, No. 2, 2002

"The Dyer's Wife" & "The Miner's Wife", Calyx, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2001-02

"Reports," "Retsepile," & Speaking the Language", Phoebe, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2001

"Bus Stop, Lesotho," "Acclimation," "What I Burned," Hanging Loose, No. 79, 2001

"Roala", Many Mountains Moving, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2001

"Playing Scrabble in Lesotho" & "Translation...", Artful Dodge, Vol. 40/41, 2001

"Shoes for Africa" & "No One", Florida Review, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2001

"The Grave Digger's Wife," "The Miner's Wife," & "The Sailor's Wife", Primavera, Vol. 23, 2000

"Water Stories", Sonora Review, No. 37/38, 2000

"Xai Xai to Beira", Grain, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2000



 “Too Silver for a Seam”, The Journal, Issue 41.2, Spring 2017

“Over the Fluctuating Waves”, the Southern Review,  Fall 2015

“Look Out, Look Over, Look Past”, Bellingham Review,  Fall 2015

“With Danger, Opportunity”, River Teeth, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 2015

"Rooted & Reaching", Fourth Genre, 2013

"At a Loss", The Normal School, 2013

"Down into Open", DIAGRAM, 2011

"Upward as in Head Below the Heart", Interim, Vol. 28, No. 1 & 2, 2010

"Where There Is No Doctor", The Normal School, 2009 (Nominated for Pushcart Prize)

"A Sort of a Map", AGNI, 2006

"World Enough and Time", Interim, 2006

"Arbiter of Twilight", Colorado Review, Fall 2004

"Too Nice", Chattahoochee Review, Vol. 23, No. 2/3, 2003 (Named Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2004)

"The Water Problem", Turnrow, Winter 2003

"Tough/Lustrous/Resistant to Corrosion", Quarter After Eight, Vol. 7, 2001 (Finalist, Experimental Prose Contest)

"Photograph of Sossusvlei", Puerto del Sol, Vol. 35, No. 1/2, 2000 (Nominated for Pushcart Prize)


Oh One Arrow, Eds. Golaski and Klane, Flim Forum Press, 2007

Voices of the City, Eds. King, Russell, Carter and Hershon, Hanging Loose Press, 2004


·       “Participant in the Larger Force: Perception and Presence in the Poems of Donald Revell,” (book chapter), Till One Day the sun Shall Shine More Brightly, Ed. Derek Pollard, University of Michigan Press, 2020

·       Review of Gabriel Gudding’s Literature for NonhumansColorado Review, 2016

·       Review of Brian Teare’s Companion Grasses, Colorado Review, Fall 2013

·       Review of Peter O’Leary’s Phosphorescence of Thought, Colorado Review, Fall 2013

·       Review of Elizabeth Anderson’s Three NovelsColorado Review, 39.3, Fall/Winter 2012

·       Review of Biswamit Dwibedy’s OzalidColorado Review, 2011

·       Review of Brandon Shimoda’s The AlpsColorado Review, 2009

·       Symposium on poet Laura Jensen, Pleiades, 2008

·       Review of Ellen Urbani Hiltebrands’s When I Was Elena, Peace Corps Writers Website, 2006

·       Review of Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck CityColorado Review, Spring 2005



Grant Funding




California Humanities Grant for Voices of the Nation three-part series on US Poet Laureates, 2020-21 https://www.callutheran.edu/community-business/voices-of-the-nation.html

CLU Hewlett Grants, 2014, 2015, 2017

CLU Faculty Research/Creative Work Grant, 2014

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 2003 https://www.arts.gov/grants/creative-writing-fellowships/program-description