Richard Lyons

Richard Lyons



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


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

Teaching Interests

Creative writing, poetry

Recent Courses



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.



Un Poco Loco Book CoverUn Poco Loco

Fleur Carnival Book CoverFleur Carnival
Winner of the 2005 Washington Prize, presented by Word Works.

Hour of the Cardinal Book CoverHour of the Cardinal
Winner of the University of South Carolina Press James Dickey Award.

These Modern Nights Book CoverThese Modern Nights
Winner of the University of Missouri Press Devins Award.

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