Nystrom, Debra 1954–

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Nystrom, Debra 1954–


Born July 12, 1954, in Pierre, SD; daughter of Robert and Evelyn Nystrom; married Daniel O'Neill, 1991; children: Mia. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of South Dakota, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1976; attended Boston University and Goddard College; Warren Wilson College, M.F.A., 1980.


Home—Charlottesville, VA. Office—Department of English, Bryan Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904. E-mail—[email protected].


Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, administrator, 1979-1981; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, administrator 1983-84, member of creative writing faculty, 1984—. Guest instructor a writing conferences; gives readings from her works.


Poetry Society of America, Associated Writing Programs.


Hoyns fellow in poetry, University of Virginia, 1982-83; Yaddo fellow, 1983; Pushcart Prize nominations, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990, 2004; poetry prize, Virginia Commission for the Arts, 1987 and 1997; Balch Prize for Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, 1991; James Boatwright Prize for Poetry, Shenandoah, 1994, 2000; Heart/Borders Poetry Prize, 2002; poetry award, Society for Humanistic Anthropology, 2002; Lantern Society Award for Women's Education, University of Virginia, 2002; Library of Virginia Award, 2004; Poet of the Month, PoetryNet, 2004; University of Virginia Arts research grant, 2006; James Dickey Prize in Poetry, 2007.


A Quarter Turn (poetry), Sheep Meadow (Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY), 1991.

Torn Sky (poetry), Sarabande Books (Louisville, KY), 2003.

Work represented in anthologies, including More Light, edited by Jason Shinder, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (New York, NY), 1994; Acquainted with the Night, edited by Lisa Russ Spaar, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1999; Like Thunder, edited by Virgil Suarez and Ryan Van Cleave, University of Iowa Press, 2002; and Common Wealth, edited by R.T. Smith, University Press of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), 2003. Contributor to periodicals, including American Poetry Review, Yale Review, TriQuarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Threepenny Review, Agni, Slate, and Ploughshares.