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Laurie LamonLaurie Lamon

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4468
Fax: 509.777.4682
Office Location: Westminster Hall 240

Laurie Lamon teaches creative writing and poetry writing. She also teaches upper-division literature courses, including Contemporary American Poetry, a Whitman-Dickinson seminar that she team-teaches with Professor Vic Bobb, and Poets of the Northwest.


She has recently created a course called the Poetry of Witness, which explores twentieth-century political poetry, poetry of extremity and survival, doubt and faith.  She also has taught Women Writers and Reading Literature, and she is developing additional seminars in American Women Poets, Poets of Holocaust and Post-WWII Eastern Europe, and Contemporary Arab and Israeli poetry. She lives with her husband William Siems and their Scottish Terrier, Maude.


Ph.D. University of Utah
M.F.A. University of Montana
B.A. Whitworth College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Twentieth-century American poetry; emphasis on the elements of poetry writing, creative writing and poetry of witness

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Lamon's poems have appeared in journals and magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Ruminate, The Literary Review, The Colorado Review, Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, Feminist Studies, Primavera, Poetry Northwest, Northwest Review and Willow Springs. Also appear on websites including Poetry Daily and

In 2007, Poet Laureate Donald Hall selected Lamon to receive a Witter Bynner Fellowship. The $10,000 fellowship is provided by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry in conjunction with the Library of Congress, where Lamon gave a reading and accepted the fellowship in March 2007. Lamon was nominated for a PEN award in Jan. 2007.

Edited an anthology, The Waiting Room Reader, which includes her poem, "Praise" (CavanKerry Press 2010). Her second collection of poetry, Without Wings, was published by CavanKerry in July 2009. Her first collection of poems, The Fork Without Hunger, was published by CavanKerry Press in 2005. Lamon's poem "Pain Tries to Think of Something" is included in Poetry Daily Essentials 2007; her work has been included on the Poetry Daily website and is included in the anthology 180 More, edited by Billy Collins (2005).


Lamon received an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship in 2005, and a Graves Award in the Humanities in 2002, which allowed her a paid release from teaching to conduct research for her Poetry of Witness course. Lamon was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2001 for her poem "Pain Thinks of the Beautiful Table," which appeared in the Pushcart Prize 2002 anthology. 

Commission poem, "Collecting the Water," presented at Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor's Inauguration Ceremony (2010); commissioned poem "Gordon Throws Out 100 Paintings," presented at Spokane City Council Chambers in conjuction with Whitworth art professor Gordon Wilson's painting exhibit as part of the "Telling the American Story: Group Exhibit" sponsored by the Spokane Arts Commission in conjunction with Get Lit!

Named Most Influental Female Professor by the Whitworth Class of 2011.

Profiled in feature story for Willow Springs

Serves as poetry editor for Rock & Sling, a Journal of Witness that Whitworth publishes.