Books: Fiction


Tabitha, Get Up. Sagging Meniscus Press, May 2024. 

Forthcoming: Wrongful. Sagging Meniscus Press, May 2025.

Forthcoming: The Withers. Regal House Publishing, 2026.


Visitations: Stories. Louisiana State University Press, 2017.

The Tao of Humiliation: Short Stories. Rochester, New York: BOA Editions, 2014.


The Guide to the Flying Island. Oxford, Ohio: Miami University Press, 2009. Winner of the Miami University Novella Competition

Books: Poetry

The Day Every Day Is. Saturnalia Books, 2023

Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles. Cleveland: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2015.

Undid in the Land of Undone. Kalamazoo: New Issues Press, 2007.

Civilian Histories. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2000.

Approximate Darling. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1996.

No Mercy. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989.

The Invention of Kindness. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1984.

Essay Collection

Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition Boredom Purity & Secrecy. North Adams, MA: Tupelo Press, 2012. Winner of ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award (first place, gold) in “Writing” and third place in “Essays”

Literary Criticism

Defensive Measures: The Poetry of Niedecker, Bishop, Glück, and Carson. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2005.

The Muse of Abandonment: Origin, Identity, Mastery in Five American Poets. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1998.

Obsession and Release: Rereading the Poetry of Louise Bogan. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1996.

Jean Garrigue: A Poetics of Plenitude. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1991.

Collaborative Art Books

Elegy: Tying & Untying. Lee Upton and Jim Toia. Lucia Press, 2012.

Omniscient Love. Curlee Holton and Lee Upton. Experimental Printmaking Institute, 2005.

The Maid at the Pond. Curlee Holton and Lee Upton. Experimental Printmaking Institute, 2006.


The Masque of Edgar Allan Poe. Composer: Kirk O’Riordan. Libretto by Lee Upton.

Inclusion in anthologies and textbooks (selected)

Bedford Introduction to Literature; Poetry: An Introduction; The Best American Poetry 2008, 2011, 2016; American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets; In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare; The Gift of Experience: Atlanta Review 10th Anniversary Anthology; The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales; Birth: A Literary Companion; Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century Art; The Muse Strikes Back: A Poetic Response by Women to Men; Open Door: A Poet Lore Anthology; The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry; The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poetry and Nature; Pushcart Prize Anthology XII: The Best of the Small Presses; Peculiar Pilgrims: Stories from the Left Hand of God; Approaching Poetry: Perspectives & Responses (Bedford/St. Martin’s); Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets; Poet’s Choice; The Great Gatsby Anthology; Of Burgers & Barrooms; The Doll Collection; The Crafty Poet II; The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks; Plume Poetry 5; New Poetry from the Midwest. The Feminine I; Braving the Body;

Southern Lights: 75 Years of The Carolina Quarterly, Braving the Body, The Feminine I

Fiction in the following (selected)

World Literature Today, Notre Dame Review, STORY, Antioch Review, Bennington Review, Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, Ecotone, Alembic, Redivider, Del Sol Review, Epoch, Fast Forward 2, Gargoyle, River City, Ohio Review, Idaho Review, Glimmer Train, Maryland Review, Denver Quarterly, Rio Grande Review, Northwest Review, Bellingham Review, Confrontation, Cezanne’s Carrot, Hotel Amerika, Referential Magazine, Cape Fear Review, Roanoke Review, In Posse Review, Freightstories, Short Fiction (England), Conduit, Sou’Wester, Fast Forward, Per Contra, Five Points, Superstition Review, Quarterly West, Fairy Tale Review, Boulevard

Poetry in the following (selected)

The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, New Republic, POETRY, Dublin Poetry Review, Confrontation, Shenandoah, Denver Quarterly, American Poetry Review, AGNI, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Poetry International, Field, The Journal, Faultline, New Orleans Review, Fence, Slope, Barrow Street, Conduit, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Boulevard, Two Rivers Review, The Bridge, Sycamore Review, Verse, Approaching Poetry: Perspectives and Responses, Volt, Black Warrior Review, American Literary Review, Antioch Review, Northwest Review, Ohio Poetry Review, River Styx, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Epoch, American Letters and Commentary, Laurel Review, Visions International, Missouri Review, Poem-a-Day (Academy of American Poets), Fairy Tale Review, The Awl, Poetry Daily, Poem-a-Day, Court Green, West Branch, LitMag, Florida Review, Georgia Review

Articles/essays in the following (selected)

Kenyon Review, American Scholar (online), Triquarterly, Southwest Review, Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, American Writers Supplement, Tin House Blog, The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, Best of the Books by the Bed 2, The Field Symposia , Teaching Composition and Literature, Denver Quarterly, South Atlantic Review, Centennial Review, Studies in the Humanities, CEA Critic, Critique: Studies in Short Fiction, Mid-American Review, Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Poesis: A Journal of Criticism, The Best Writing on Writing, Vol. 2, High Lonesome: On the Poetry of Charles Wright, University of Cincinnati Law Review, TLR: An International Journal of Contemporary Writing, On James Tate (Discussion Series), Jean Valentine: This-World Company, Agni Conversations Blog, Third Mind: Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Teachers and Writers, The Practice of Poetry, Teaching Composition with Literature, CRAFT Literary, On the Seawall