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D. M. Spratley - Writer

D. M. Spratley is a writer from the American South. A Wallace Stegner Fellow, Cave Canem Fellow, North Carolina Arts Council Fellow, and William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations, her work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, the Adroit Journal, Ecotone, and elsewhere.

She studied Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at Princeton University and graduated from the MFA program at Hollins University.


Her work has been recognized with the Samuel Shellabarger Memorial Prize, the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, and the Sundress Publications Broadside Prize, as well as nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. Her poem "The Collector of Debts" was a finalist for the NC State Poetry Prize, and she was a semifinalist for the 92Y Discovery Prize.

D. M. was the 2022 Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She has also taught writing and literature at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art, and as core faculty for the public humanities organization Night School Bar.


Originally from Virginia, she worked for over a decade in North Carolina and the South advancing racial and social justice. She is currently at work on a poetry manuscript, a novel, and a collection of critical lyric essays.

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Princeton University - BA, Comparative Literature

Hollins University - MFA, Creative Writing



Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University


Sundress Publications Poetry Broadside Contest


Cave Canem Fellowship


North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship




William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations

Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, Rattle

Samuel Shellabarger Memorial Prize, Princeton University

Readings and Events


Lenoir-Rhyne University, with emet ezell

Northstar Church of the Arts: Evenings, with Loan Tran, Victoria Bouloubasis, Dylan Angell, David Menestres, and A. J. Williams


Flyleaf Books, with NC Arts Council Fellows

Orange County Main Library: Poets on Love and Loss, with Pam Baggett, Janis Harrington, and Al Maginnes

Lenoir-Rhyne University: Visiting Writer Series, with Abigail DeWitt

Charlotte Lit, with NC Arts Council Fellows

Flyleaf Books: International Women's Day Reading

Secluded: Writer's Conference, with Al Abonado, féi hernandez, and Ever Jones


Quail Ridge Books, with NC Arts Council Fellows

Scuppernong Books, with NC Arts Council Fellows

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