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W&L’s Wheeler Gives Public Reading Professor Lesley Wheeler will give a public author talk on Sept. 22 as part of Randolph College’s Pearl S. Buck Writers in Residence experience.

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Lesley Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, will give a public reading from her poetry collection, “The State She’s In,” on the Randolph College campus as part of the college’s Pearl S. Buck Writers in Residence programming. Wheeler was selected last year as one of two 2020-21 Pearl S. Buck Writers in Residence.

The pandemic prevented Wheeler from participating in any in-person readings last year at Randolph, but she is the featured speaker for its Visiting Writers Series Relaunch & Reunion Reading Gala on Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Lounge.

As part of her residency, Wheeler also taught a master class in poetry focusing on “weird ways of writing poems about uncanny encounters, haunted histories and future transformations.”

The poetry editor of W&L’s Shenandoah, Wheeler has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation in New Zealand, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the American Association of University Women. She is a past finalist for the Library of Virginia Award for her 2010 poetry collection “Heterotopia.”

Her debut novel, “Unbecoming,” was published prior to the 2020 release of “The State She’s In.” An essay collection, “Poetry’s Possible Worlds,” will be published this year.

A book signing will follow the Sept. 22 reading.