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Lisa Couturier

Lisa Couturier

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Lisa Couturier is an essayist, poet and animal advocate. She was born in New Jersey but grew up in Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C. She graduated from University of Maryland in 1985 with a degree in Journalism and a certificate in Women’s Studies. She later earned a Master’s degree from the Gallatin School at New York University. Her book The Hopes of Snakes explores the wild in urban spaces and the connections between the human and the nonhuman. Couturier’s work has appeared in Orion, Isotope, the American Nature Writing series, E Magazine, The Center for Humans and Nature's City Creatures, and National Geographic’s Heart of a Nation, among other publications. Her essay “Dark Horse” won the 2012 Pushcart Prize and was nominated for the Grantham Prize for Environmental Writing. She was named a notable essayist in Best American Essays in 2004, 2006 and 2011. Her collection of poems, Animals/Bodies, won the 2015 Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. Couturier lives with her husband, children and six horses on an agricultural reserve northwest of Washington, D.C., not far from Sugarloaf Mountain.

Lisa Couturier has been a frequent presenter at the Sowell Collection Conference.

About the collection:  Papers, 1977-2016 includes drafts of sections of her two book publications, correspondence, photographs, and academic class work.

  • Couturier, Lisa. Animals/Bodies. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2014.
  • Couturier, Lisa. The Hopes of Snakes: And Other Tales from the Urban Landscape. Boston: Beacon Press, 2005.
  • Updated July 9, 2021