In Lesley Wheeler's debut novel, Unbecoming, due summer 2020 from Aqueduct Press, menopause initiates uncanny powers; in a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls it an "excellent feminist fantasy." The State She's In (Tinderbox Editions, 2020) is her fifth full-length poetry collection; Aimee Nezhukumatathil praises it for "acerbic wit and vast intelligence." Poetry's Possible Worlds, Wheeler's essay collection about worldbuilding in twenty-first-century poetry, is forthcoming in 2021. Her previous books include Radioland (Barrow Street Press, 2015) and Heterotopia (Barrow Street Press, 2010), as well as the scholarly study Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present (Cornell University Press, 2008). Her collection The Receptionist and Other Tales (Aqueduct Press, 2012), including a speculative feminist novella in terza rima, was a finalist for the James Tiptree Jr. Award. Wheeler's poems and essays appear in Poetry, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Massachusetts Review, Strange Horizons, Ecotone, Cascadia Subduction Zone, and elsewhere. Winner of grants from Fulbright and The National Endowment for the Humanities, Wheeler is poetry editor of Shenandoah and teaches at a liberal arts college in Virginia.