Wendy Miles, MFA

Assistant Professor of English

Education and Certifications

  • MFA, Creative Writing - fiction, Bowling Green State University, 1993
  • BA, English, Lynchburg College, 1990


  • August 2009 - present - Lynchburg College, Assistant Professor of English
  • August 2006 -2009 - Randolph College (founded as Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1891), Assistant Professor of English
  • 2004-2006 - Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Instructor
  • August 1991 - May 1995 - Bowling Green State University, Instructor


  • 2014 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award Winner--for her poem "Float" with a $1,000 cash prize, a public reading with judge and poet Yona Harvey, and upcoming publication in Voices from the Attic
  • Alabama Literary Review - poetry
    "On a Monday, What You May Have Known;" "The Memories;" and "And Your Childhood - What Was It Like?" 2013 - Volume 22, Number 1
  • Tupelo Quarterly - poetry
    "The Postcard She Wanted to Get" 
    TQ1: October 2013 Finalist for TQ's inaugural poetry contest judged by poet Ilya Kaminsky
  • The MacGuffin - poetry
    "This Too Is a Ceremony," Fall 2013 - Volume XXX, Number 1
  • Memoir Journal - narrative nonfiction
    "Like Hearts," Issue 14, 2013
  • Hunger Mountain - poetry
    "Divination, Sky," online and in print in the 10 Year Anniversary Issue, No. 17: Labyrinths
    Special mention in the 2012 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize judged by poet Dorianne Laux
  • Richmond Magazine - poetry
    "Egg," April 2012, 1st-place winner of the James River Writers Best Poetry Contest 2012 judged by poet Joshua Poteat
  • 2012 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Ron Rash Volume - poetry
    "Trees I Don't Know," 2012
  • Caesura - poetry 
    "Voice," 2011
  • The Pedestal Magazine - poetry and fiction
    "Still Lives," poetry: Issue 65: Aug. 21 - Oct. 21, 2011 -- w/audio 
    Allegiance," short-short story: Issue 38: February-March 2007
  • Water Lines: Poems Inspired by the Water Marks Exhibition at the Maier Museum of Art - poetry 
    "H-Bomb Testing in Japan or Souls, We Hope, Float Away" after Ben Shahn's "It's No Use to Do Anymore," September 2009
  • Southern Poetry Review - poetry 
    "Swan," 2009, Volume 47:1 
    "The Thing Itself," 2006, Volume 44:1
  • Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture - narrative nonfiction 
    "Smoke," Issue Twenty: Fall/Winter 2008
  • storySouth - poetry 
    "Proximity," Issue 24: Winter 2008
  • The Yalobusha Review - poetry 
    "Regarding the Redbud," Volume XIII, 2008
  • The Dos Passos Review - poetry 
    "Family Album: Scenes from Boxes One and Two" and "Mezzo Morto," Spring 2007, Volume 4, Number 1 "One Night, the Rabbits," Spring 2005, volume 2, Number 2
  • The Comstock Review - poetry
    "You Be the Poet" and "A Note Left," Spring/Summer 2006, Volume 20: Number 1
  • Image/Word: a book of poems - poetry
    "They Have Not," 2005
  • The Chattahoochee Review - poetry
    "Big Deal in Yellow," Spring 1999, Volume XIX, Number 3
  • Hawaii Review - poetry
    "The Miners," Spring/Summer 1997, Issue 48: Volume 20.3

Readings, Lectures, Presentations

  • Poetry reading as invited winning poet, James River Writers annual June on the James event, June 2012
  • Poetry reading as Highlighted Author, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, Va., Thursday, May 17, 2012
  • "Panel of Lynchburg College Poets," part of the Geraldine Lyon Owens Lecture Series, Lynchburg College, March 2010
  • Poetry reading with poet Claudia Emerson, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Va., June 2009
  • Presentation and reading of Eudora Welty's selected works (in celebration of Welty's 100thbirthday), Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College, April 13, 2009
  • Poetry reading, Randolph College, Faculty "Works in Progress" series, March 2008
  • Poetry reading with poet Gary Short, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Va., January 2008
  • Poetry reading, featuring authors from Image/Word: a book of poems, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, September 2005
  • Poetry reading, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA, February 2005
  • Poetry reading, "Documenting Poetry: Contemporary Latin American Photography," Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, February 2005

Conferences, Professional Development

  • River Teeth Conference, creative nonfiction, Ashland, Ohio, May 2013
  • AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference, Boston, Mass., March 2013
  • Colrain Intensive weekend poetry conference, Springfield, Mass., July 2011
  • Napa Valley Writers' Conference, St. Helena, Calif., July - August 2007
  • Nebraska Summer Writers' Conference, Lincoln, Neb., June 2007
  • Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership career-building workshop, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Va., June 2006
  • Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing, Prescott, Ariz., July 2006
  • Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Summer Writers' Conference, Goucher College, Towson, Md., August 2006

Teaching Areas

  • The Craft of Poetic Forms (graduate level)
  • Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • Independent Studies: Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • Introduction to Creative Writing: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama
  • Literature and Culture II: World Literature, the Enlightenment to present
  • Expository Writing
  • Composition I and II

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award Winner--for her poem "Float" with a $1,000 cash prize, a public reading with judge and poet Yona Harvey, and upcoming publication in Voices from the Attic
  • Finalist, 2013 Perugia Press Prize
  • Pushcart Prize nominee, poetry, 2012, 2010, and 2009
  • Selected to attend a Colrain Intensive - "a small... highly selective master conference" designed for the poet who has "... a book-length (or chapbook-length) poetry manuscript that has placed as finalist, semi-finalist, or has received feedback from a publisher that it is close to publication," July 2011
  • Semi-finalist, two poetry 1st-book awards, 2008-09: Zone 3 Press and Persea Press
  • Finalist for Southwest Review's 2009 Morton Marr Poetry Prize for formal poetry
  • Poetry Fellowships: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Va.: March 2014, May/June 2009, August/September 2008, December 2007/January 2008, May 2007, October 2006 and April 1997
  • Prairie Schooner poetry scholarship to attend the 2007 Nebraska Summer Writers' Conference
  • Finalist for Southern Poetry Review's 2007 Guy Owen Prize
  • A Room of Her Own Foundation poetry scholarship to attend the 2007 Taos Summer Writers' Conference (conflict-could not attend)
  • Randolph College Professional Development Grant to attend both the Nebraska Summer Writers' Conference and Napa Valley Writers' Conference, 2007
  • Randolph-Macon Woman's College Professional Development Grant: Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing conference, July 2006
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts grant: provided to Virginia writers attending the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts/Woodhull workshop, June 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
  • Third Thursday Planning Committee, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, Va., concerned with selection of writers for its Third Thursday reading series, 2007-2008

Personal Information

Interests: Even though my MFA is in fiction, I write mostly poems and essays. One current focus in my poetry is atmosphere -- somewhere near the intersection of Southern Gothic and dreamscape.
Favorite smells: black walnut, hay, vine-ripe tomato
Favorite author: Eudora Welty - Hear me read an excerpt from Welty's short story, "Why I Live at the P.O," at Maier Museum of Art's celebration of  Ms. Welty's 100th birthday, April 2009 
Three ambitions: making a visually stunning - and delicious - version of "Mashula's Coconut Cake" (a recipe from Eudora Welty's first novel, Delta Wedding), publishing my first collection of poems, remaining off Facebook for as long as possible ...

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