Lesley Wheeler


English Department Payne Hall, Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8758

Author's Bio

Lesley Wheeler is Poetry Editor of Shenandoah. Her poetry collections are The State She's In (Tinderbox Editions), Radioland (Barrow Street), Heteropia (Barrow Street), Heathen (C&R) and the chapbooks Propagation (dancing girl) and Scholarship Girl (Finishing Line). Her first novel, Unbecoming (Aqueduct), is forthcoming in 2020 and her essay collection, Poetry's Possible Worlds, will be published in 2021. She co-edited Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv (Red Hen). Her scholarly books include Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present (Cornell). She earned a PhD in English from Princeton University in 1994 and is Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Publications & Prizes

The State She's In (Tinderbox Editions, 2020)
Radioland (Barrow Street Press, 2015)
The Receptionist and Other Tales (Aqueduct Press, 2012)
Heterotopia (Barrow Street Press, 2011)
Heathen (C&R Press, 2010)
Prizes won: 

Katherine Bakeless Nason Scholarship to Breadloaf Environmental (2020)

Fulbright Senior Fellow, New Zealand (2011)

Outstanding Teacher from Virginia's State Council for Higher Education (2012)

Barrow Street Poetry Prize, selected by David Wojahn (2010) 

Virginia Commission for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry (2007-8)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
American, Feminist, White
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, Children, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Parents, Schools, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Women
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Born in: 
New York
Raised in: 
New Jersey
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Last update: Jan 05, 2020