Barbara Presnell

Barbara Presnell

Senior Lecturer Emerita



M.A. University of Kentucky
M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Areas of Interest

  • Creative writing, poetry, and non-fiction
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • American literature, especially Southern and Appalachian
  • Writing in collaboration with other art forms

Selected Publications and Presentations

Books (Poetry):
Blue Star. Winston-Salem: Press 53, 2016.
Piece Work. Cleveland: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2007.
Sherry’s Prayer. NC Crossroads Series. Greensboro: NC Humanities Council, 2004.
Los Hijos. Fayetteville: Longleaf Press, 2002.
Unravelings. Fayetteville: Longleaf Press, 1998.
Snake Dreams. Troy, ME: Nightshade Press, 1994.

Women’s Realities, Women’s Choices: An Introduction to Women’s StudiesHunter College Women’s Studies Collective.  (Oxford, 2014).
College Women’s Studies Collective. (Oxford, 2014).
Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont. Georgann Eubanks, Ed. (UNC, 2010).
Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Sandra L. Ballard and Patricia L. Hudson, Eds. (U Kentucky, 2004).
Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Women’s Writing. Marian Sewell, Ed. (Beacon, 2001).

Company K: From Asheboro to the Fields of France.  Produced by Rhinoleap Theatre, Asheboro, NC. 2018, 2019.
Piece Work. Adapted by Brenda Schleunes. Produced by Touring Theatre of NC. 2010-2011.

Courses Taught

  • First-Year Writing (UWRT 1103/1104): Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts I and II
  • English 2126: Intro to Creative Writing
  • Liberal Studies 2212 Literature and Culture: Writers on the Edge
  • WRDS 3102: The Effective Sentence

Professional Appointments

  • UNC Charlotte since 2000


  • Wildacres Retreat Fellowship, 2015, 2019
  • Hambridge Center for the Arts, Fellowship, 2017
  • Willapa Bay AiR Fellowship, 2016
  • North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Writing, 2007, 2002
  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize, 2006
  • Linda Flowers Prize (NC Humanities Council), 2004
  • Oscar Arnold Young Best Book Award (Poetry Council of NC), 1998
  • Zoe Kincaid Brockman Best Book Award (NC Poetry Society), 1995