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Lee Ann Roripaugh

Laramie , United States
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Lee Ann Roripaugh

Lee Ann Roripaugh was born in Laramie, Wyoming in 1965 where she was raised. Her degrees include an MM in music history, a BM in piano performance, and an MFA in creative writing, all from Indiana University.

Her first volume of poetry, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books, 1999), was selected by Ishmael Reed for the National Poetry Series and was also a finalist for the 2000 Asian American Literature Awards. She is also the author of On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009); and Year of the Snake (2004).

Other honors include an Academy of American Poets Prize, an AWP Intro Award, and the 1995 Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize.

Her poetry has also been selected for inclusion in the anthologies American Identities: Contemporary Multicultural Voices (eds. Robert Pack and Jay Parini, 1994), American Poetry: The Next Generation (eds. Gerald Costanzo and Jim Daniels, 2000), and Waltzing on Water: Poetry by Women (eds. Norma Fox Mazer and Marjorie Lewis, 1989).

She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Dakota.