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Amy Weldon

Amy Weldon

Visiting Faculty Director in London, Spring 2019
Luther College, English

 See her course in London: Writing in London

An Alabama native with a Ph.D. in 19th-century British literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Amy Weldon is currently associate professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Her book The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save the World — an intelligent guide to mindfulness in the digital age — is forthcoming from Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock Publishers in 2018. Among her other book-length projects in progress are The Writer's Eye: Observation and Inspiration for Creative Writers (forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2018) and a novel-in-progress, Creature, based on the life of Mary Shelley.

Amy is a passionate teacher of British Romanticism, creative writing, Luther's first-year seminars, and contemporary literature. Her essays have appeared in edited collections including Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016), William Faulkner: Critical Perspectives (Salem Press, 2013), The Best Travel Writing 2012 (Solas Press), and Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing, Vol. 2 (UNC Press). Her essay "'A Worn Path' in the Creative Writing Classroom: Writing, Attention, and the Ecological Thought" is forthcoming in Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches from University Press of Mississippi. Another essay, "Attentional Commons and the Common Good: Technology and Higher Education," appears in Intersections, and her essay "Sweet Home," on Lynyrd Skynyrd, Harriet Jacobs, and Alabama, is at About Place.

Other short fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarly work appears and is forthcoming in Orion, The Common, Midwestern Gothic, Bloom, The Millions, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Carolina Quarterly, The Mississippi Quarterly, Thumbnail, and Inch, among others, with recent book reviews in Orion and Keats-Shelley Journal and a column for the Chronicle of Higher Education on recommendation letters. She has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference and a participant in the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Bread Loaf/Orion Environmental Writers Conference. An avid seed-saver and urban gardener, she blogs about sustainability, finance, and other nourishments of life and spirit.

Overseas teaching and learning is another of Amy's particular delights. In January 2018 — which also happens to be the 200th anniversary year of Frankenstein's publication — she'll lead the fourth incarnation of her popular course, titled In Frankenstein's Footsteps: The Keats-Shelley Circle in London, Geneva, and Italy.

She is thrilled to be directing the London portion of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest's (ACM's) London and Florence: Arts in Context program in Spring 2019, teaching a creative nonfiction/travel-writing course called Writing in London. You can read more of her thoughts on the program and more about her visit to the Keats-Shelley House in Rome with her students for a sense of how she engages with the layers of place, past and present, as she and students will be doing together in 2019.