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W&L’s Wheeler to Deliver Author Talk on New Book ‘Unbecoming’ Lesley Wheeler, Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University and poetry editor for Shenandoah magazine, will give a “spooky-themed” author talk on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

Spooky-Author-Talk-2-400x600 W&L’s Wheeler to Deliver Author Talk on New Book ‘Unbecoming’“Unbecoming” (Aqueduct Press) is a work of literary fantasy that is centered around a middle-aged college English professor named Cynthia.

Lesley Wheeler, Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University and poetry editor for Shenandoah magazine, will give a “spooky-themed” author talk on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in virtual format to discuss her new book “Unbecoming.”

The lecture is free to watch, and the public can register for the online event at https://go.wlu.edu/unbecoming 

“Unbecoming” (Aqueduct Press) is a work of literary fantasy that is centered around a middle-aged college English professor named Cynthia. As Cynthia enters perimenopause, she notices that she may be developing uncanny powers. At the same time, her good friend leaves for a mysterious faculty exchange program in Wales and is replaced by an eccentric professor named Fee, who also seems to wield strange powers.

In addition to “Unbecoming” and “The State She’s In” (Tinderbox Editions), Wheeler is the author of four poetry collections: “Heathen,” “Heterotopia,” “The Receptionist and Other Tales” and “Radioland.” She is also the author of multiple essays and scholarly books. Wheeler has won grants from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. Her essay collection “Poetry’s Possible Worlds” is scheduled for release in 2021.

Wheeler has been on the English Department faculty at W&L since 1994. She teaches poetry from the 19th through the 21st centuries, creative writing and a first-year writing seminar called Other Worlds, which studies stories based on fairy tales.