Heidi Staples

Heidi Staples

Associate Professor


  • PhD, University of Georgia
  • MFA, Syracuse University

Research Areas

  • Creative Writing


Heidi Lynn Staples’ debut collection, Guess Can Gallop, was selected by Brenda Hillman as a winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the author of three other collections, including Noise Event (Ahsahta, 2013), and her poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Ploughshares, Women’s Studies Quarterly and elsewhere. With the poet Amy King, she is editor and founder of Poets for Living Waters, begun as an international response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and of Big Energy Poets: When Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change, forthcoming from BlazeVOX.

Staples was raised by gopher tortoises in the Southeastern temperate forests of North America, both on and off the Gulf Coastal Plain — aka The Sticks — and she has spent several years of her adult life residing in Europe. She holds the MFA from Syracuse University and the PhD from the University of Georgia.