Lesley Wheeler

Virginia, United States

Member Since: 07/01/2012

Lesley Wheeler’s is the author of Poetry's Possible Worlds; the novel Unbecoming; and five poetry collections, most recently The State She's In. Heterotopia, her second collection, won the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize, and The Receptionist and Other Tales, her third, was a finalist for what was then the Tiptree Prize. Wheeler serves as Poetry Editor of Shenandoah. The Henry S. Fox Professor of English at W&L, Wheeler has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2011 she won an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poets & Writers, American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Massachusetts Review, Ecotone, Poetry, and many other journals. She posts at @LesleyMWheeler and blogs about writing and reading at lesleywheeler.org.

Website: http://lesleywheeler.org/

Twitter Username: @LesleyMWheeler


  • The State She's In (poetry) , Tinderbox Editions (March 17, 2020)
  • Unbecoming (novel) , Aqueduct Press (May 15, 2020)
  • Radioland (poetry) , Barrow Street Press (October 1, 2015)
  • The Receptionist and Other Tales (poetry) , Aqueduct Press (2012)
  • Heterotopia (poetry) , Barrow Street Press (2010)
  • Heathen (poetry) , C&R Press (2009)
  • Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv , Red Hen Press (2008)
  • Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present , Cornell University Press (2007)
  • Scholarship Girl (poetry) , Finishing Line Press (2007)
  • The Poetics of Enclosure: American Women Poets from Dickinson to Dove , University of Tennessee Press (2002)
  • Poetry's Possible Worlds , Tinderbox Editions (May 17, 2022)


  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship(2013)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia(2012)
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, New Zealand(2011)
  • Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize(2010)
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship(2007)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship(2005)


  • Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University


  • Doctoral Degree in English from Princeton University (June 1994)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry