Amy Weldon

An Alabama farm girl with a Ph.D in nineteenth-century British literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor Amy Weldon has grown new roots in Iowa, teaching writing and literature at Luther College and adult writing classes at ArtHaus Decorah. 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 published by Cascade Books (2018), and The Writer's Eye: Observation and Inspiration for Creative Writers is out from Bloomsbury Academic in 2018. Her first novel, Eldorado, Iowa, is forthcoming from Bowen Press Books, and her novel-in-progress, Creature, is based on the life of Mary Shelley.

Dr. Weldon is a passionate teacher of British Romanticism, creative writing, Paideia, and contemporary literature. Her essay "'A Worn Path' in the Creative Writing Classroom: Writing, Attention, and the Ecological Thought" is in Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches (University Press of Mississippi, 2018), and “Gain Experience!: Literature, Travel, and Life” is in Engaging the Eighteenth Century: Public Spaces and Digital Places for Literary Historians (University of Iowa Press, 2018). She’s contributed essays to 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, 2010).  Other short fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarly work appears and is forthcoming in OrionThe Common, About Place, Midwestern Gothic, The Hopper, Bloom, The Millions, Los Angeles Review of Books, Intersections, The Carolina Quarterly, The Mississippi QuarterlyThumbnail, 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 is another of Dr. Weldon’s particular delights. In January 2018, she led the fourth incarnation of her popular course "In Frankenstein's Footsteps: The Keats-Shelley Circle in London, Geneva, and Italy," which also happened to be the 200th anniversary year of Frankenstein's publication. In Spring 2019, Dr. Weldon will direct the London portion of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest's (ACM's) "London and Florence: Arts in Context" program. You can read more of her thoughts on the programand more about her visit to the Keats-Shelley House in Rome with her students.

“I describe my own goals with two interrelated Teaching Verbs: destabilize and rebuild. They aren’t what I do to students—they are what I help students do with their own assumptions, ideas, and skills.”

—Amy Weldon

I describe my own goals with two interrelated Teaching Verbs: destabilize and rebuild. They aren’t what I do to students—they are what I help students do with their own assumptions, ideas, and skills.

—Amy Weldon