Allison Wilkins, MFA

Assistant Professor of English, Thornton Chair
Geraldine Lyon Owen Professor of English
English Club Faculty Advisor



Carnegie 224

As a little girl, I used to force my younger brother and cousin to play school with me. Sometimes that involved duct tape. In high school, I worked for a vet. When I began my undergraduate studies, I chose biology because I wanted to teach orcas at SeaWorld. Laugh all you like, I had always felt a particular pull to the sciences. Then, I took an Intro to Poetry creative writing class at UNCW. It changed my life. Yes, including that clichéd moment full of light and brightness. By the end of my sophomore year, I was a creative writing major with emphasis in English and Women’s Studies. I am a writer, who chooses to teach because I love what I do. But I have also worked as a copywriter for a large travel corporation (which enabled me to take many exciting tours while getting paid), and as an editing and marketing intern for a small press (which helped me see the behind the scenes in the book publishing world).


Prior to Lynchburg College, I taught at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (2003-06) and Miller Motte Technical College (2007-08). While earning my MFA, I lived briefly in Torino, Italy, where I studied Italian at the Università di Torino. Also, I have visited Sweden, France, England, Greece, Vietnam, and Thailand.


  • MFA – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • BFA – University of North Carolina, Wilmington (minors: Women’s Studies and English)

Recent Publications


  • Girl Who (CW Books, Nov. 2014)


My poetry has been published in several literary magazines and online journals including STILL, Broken Bridge Review, The Georgetown Review, The Prose Poem Project, The Adirondack Review, The Lyric, Nassau Review, Alimentum and others. I also have poems in the anthology Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse (May 2009).

  • Broad River Review:  “Immunology“, June 2011
  • Word Riot: “Girl Who Asks the Scarecrow Twenty Questions”, August 2011
  • Mason’s Road“Girl Who Efficiently Collects Light”,  September 2011
  • The Adirondack Review“Girl Who Tells Stories to Dogs” and “Summer of the Ticks”, September 2011 
  • Platte Valley Review: “Girl Who Collects Crows on the Eve of 30”, forthcoming
  • Nassau Review: “Girl Who Sees Through” February 2012
  • Tulane Review: “Girl Who Sculpts a Lion” June 2012
  • “Girl Who Learns Ecopoetics” August 2012
  • The Lyric: “For Penelope” July 2013
  • Lumn: “The Little Ghost,” and “Miniature of Disconnecting, Again” forthcoming
  • Alimentum: “Squash Blossoms”, May 2014

Creative Nonfiction

  • Superstition Review: “How to Kill an Octopus”, May 2014


  • “through the beautiful red”: The Use of the Color Red as the Triple-Goddess in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, Plath Profiles: Volume 3 Summer 2010
  • “Sharing Secrets: A PostSecret Exercise on Character Development,” The Best of AWP The Pedagogy Papers 2010
  • “The domesticated wilderness”: Patriarchal Oppression in Critical Insights: Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.Editor: Janet McCann, Texas A&M University (September 2011) ISBN: 978-1-58765-836-5

Honors and Awards

  • Honorable Mention in the Las Vegas Poets Prize (2005)
  • Colrain Conference (2008)
  • Third Place in Diversion Press’s Poetry Contest (2008)
  • Semi-Finalist in Palettes and Quilles Poetry Contest (2010)
  • Finalist in Longleaf Press Chapbook Contest (2011)
  • MU Writing Workshops in Greece (2011)
  • VCCA Fellow (2012, 2014)

Professional/Research Interests

Poetry, Sylvia Plath, All things Greek, Modernism, Italian translation, translation in general,  T.S. Eliot, lyric essays, memoir, short fiction, writing that blends genres, ecocriticism, women’s literature, food politics, nature writing, books about/with dogs, mythology

Information on Courses Taught

  • HONRS 103 – Honors Composition
  • ENGL 111 & 112 – Composition
  • ENGL 201 – Literature and Culture 1
  • ENGL 202 – Literature and Culture 2
  • ENGL 203 – Expository Writing
  • ENGL 205 – Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 209 – Nature Writing
  • ENGL 220 – Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 349 – Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 365 – Modern Poetry
  • ENGL 377 – Study Abroad: Travel Writing
  • ENGL 420 – Senior Capstone Course
  • ENGL 447 – Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 603 – Graduate Seminar in Poetry
  • ENGL 650 – Graduate: The Craft of Poetic Forms
  • ENGL 691 – Graduate Independent StudySpecial Topics: Vietnamese Poetry in Translation, Writing about Buddhism, Travel Writing in Australia, Ekphrastic Poetry and several other writing Independent Studies

Editorial Work

  • James Dickey Review, Poetry, Associate Editor (2010-present)
  • Studies in Popular Culture, Advisory Editor (2010-2011)

Professional Associations

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)

Personal Information

Likes: writing, reading, Greece, rock climbing, yoga, running, long walks with my two dogs (Monkey and Luna), baking, broccoli, train traveling, watching soccer & football, flip flops, organic gardening, snow