In Lesley Wheeler's debut novel, Unbecoming (Aqueduct Press, 2021), menopause initiates uncanny powers. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls it an "excellent feminist fantasy"; in Locus, Gary K. Wolfe notes it has "hilarious echoes of the sort of gonzo academic satire we used to see in the novels of David Lodge and others." Her next book, Poetry's Possible Worlds, is an essay collection about worldbuilding in twenty-first-century poetry, due in November 2021 from Tinderbox Editions. The State She's In (Tinderbox Editions, 2020), her fifth full-length poetry collection, was praised by Aimee Nezhukumatathil for "acerbic wit and vast intelligence."
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 poetry collection The Receptionist and Other Tales (Aqueduct Press, 2012) includes a speculative feminist novella in terza rima that was a finalist for the Otherwise Award.
Wheeler's poems and essays appear in Speculative Nonfiction, POETRY Magazine, 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. Her website is https://lesleywheeler.org and she posts on Twitter and Instagram as @LesleyMWheeler.