A.E. Stallings

Alicia Stallings, who publishes as A.E. Stallings, is a poet and translator mining the classical world and traditional poetic techniques to craft works that evoke startling insights about contemporary life. Born in 1968, she grew up in Decatur, GA, and was educated at the University of Georgia and Oxford University in Classics. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Her poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry (1994 & 2000) and has received numerous awards, including a Pushcart Prize (Pushcart Prize Anthology XXII), and the Benjamin H. Danks award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her first collection, Archaic Smile received the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award, and her second collection, Hapax, received the 2008 Poets’ Prize. Her new verse translation of Lucretius, The Nature of Things, is published by Penguin Classics.

She lives with her husband and child in Athens, Greece where she serves as Director of the Poetry Program at the Athens Centre in Athens, Greece.

In her own words: “The poet is always just hoping for the next poem.”

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