About Amy E. Weldon

Writer. Teacher. Environmentalist. Seeker.

Amy Weldon, an Alabama native, is professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She holds a B.A. in English and journalism from Auburn University (1996) and a Ph.D in nineteenth-century British literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005).

She is the author of The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save The World (Cascade Books, 2018), The Writer’s Eye: Observation and Inspiration for Creative Writers (Bloomsbury, 2018), and Eldorado, Iowa: A Novel (Bowen Press Books, 2019). Her novel-in-progress, Creature, is based on the life of Mary Shelley.

At Luther, she teaches creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), Paideia (Luther’s first-year common course), Romanticism, and a study-abroad course called “In Frankenstein’s Footsteps: The Keats-Shelley Circle in London, Geneva, and Italy.” In the spring of 2019, she’ll direct the London portion of “London and Florence: Arts in Context” for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM).

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  • What I'm Reading

    • “As Goes the South, So Goes the Nation,” Imani Perry, Harper’s July 2018
    • Black and British: A Forgotten History, David Olusoga
    • There There, Tommy Orange
    • The Odyssey (trans. Emily Wilson)
    • An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic, Daniel Mendelsohn
    • Circe, Madeline Miller
  • What I'm Writing

    • Creature: A Novel of Mary Shelley
    • Advanced Fiction Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (for Bloomsbury Academic)
    • A Second Country: Southern Writers in Italy, 1940-1980

    ….and many more!