Lesley Wheeler is a poet and professor born in New York, raised in New Jersey, and residing in Virginia since 1994.
Wheeler’s books include The Receptionist and Other Tales (Aqueduct, 2012); Heterotopia (Barrow Street, 2010), Heathen (C&R, 2009); Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920′s to the Present (Cornell, 2008); The Poetics of Enclosure: American Women Poets from Dickinson to Dove (Tennessee, 2002); and the chapbook Scholarship Girl (Finishing Line, 2007). With Moira Richards, Rosemary Starace, and other members of a dedicated collective, she coedited Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-po Listserv (Red Hen, 2008).
Now the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, Wheeler has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the American Association of University Women. In 2011 she received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. Her second collection, Heterotopia, was selected for the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize by David Wojahn and was a finalist for the Library of Virginia Award. Wheeler received her BA from Rutgers College, summa cum laude, and her PhD in English from Princeton University.
Wheeler’s current book projects are a poetry collection with the working title Radioland and Poetry’s Possible Worlds, a critical investigation of place, community, and lyric world-building. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Subtropics, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, 32 Poems, AGNI, Blackbird, Slate, and many other journals.