Richard Lyons,

2505 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS   39762

Richard Lyons

Professional Bio

A former winner of the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, Richard Lyons received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D from the University of Houston. He has published poems in numerous journals among them The Nation, Poetry, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The North American Review. In 1988, Deborah Digges selected his first collection These Modern Nights (to order e-mail as a Devins Award winner in the University of Missouri Press Breakthrough Series. In 2000, Richard Howard selected his second collection Hours of the Cardinal (available at for the James Dickey Contemporary Poets Series at the University of South Carolina Press. His collection Fleur Carnivore was selected winner of the 2005 Washington prize.


Ph.D. University of Houston
M.F.A. University of Arizona
B.A. University of Massachusetts

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching interests:

Creative writing, poetry



Selected Publications:


Un Poco LocoUn Poco Loco

Fleur Carnival

Fleur Carnival

Winner of the 2005 Washington Prize, presented by Word Works.

Hour of the Cardinal

Hours of the Cardinal

Winner of the University of South Carolina Press James Dickey Award.

These Modern Nights

These Modern Nights

Winner of the University of Missouri Press Devins Award.