Mylène Dressler

Departments and Positions:
English, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing
School Extension 316.2068
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University of San Francisco, BA, '88
Rice University, PHD, '93

A writer of fiction and creative nonfiction, Mylène Dressler has been on the Guilford faculty since 2011. Her published work, praised by reviewers as "splendid" (New York Times) , "vibrant" (Library Journal) and "compelling" (Bloomsbury Review), includes novels, short stories and essays in English and in translation, and has been been honored with awards including the Carson McCullers Fellowship in Writing and the Paisano Fellowship in Literature. A recipient of the Bruce Stewart Award for Excellence in Teaching, Mylène leads workshops in Guilford College's creative writing major, including courses in fiction, the contemporary novel and creative nonfiction. She is the faculty adviser to Guilford's literary magazine, the Greenleaf Review, and directs the Sherwood Anderson Creative Writing Scholarship Program. Her short-form work has recently appeared in the Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, Literary Hub, and the Massachusetts Review. Her latest novel, a literary ghost story, will be published by Arcade Books in fall 2017.

Notable Work - Fiction

  • The Deadwood Beetle (novel), Penguin Putnam
  • The Floodmakers (novel), Putnam
  • The Medusa Tree (novel), MacAdam Cage
  • The Wedding of Anna F. (novella), Untreed

Notable Work - Creative Nonfiction

  • "Live Toy, Dead Toy" (The Kenyon Review)
  • "Double Infinity" (Isthmus)
  • "End Over End" (Creative Nonfiction)
  • "The Compiler" (Flyway:  Journal of Writing and Environment)
  • “La Forme D’Une Journée.” (Poussières du Monde. Paris: Éditions François Bourin)
  • "Found" (Pilgrimage)
  • "Meeting House" (Creative Nonfiction)
  • "What Are You Afraid Of?" (Reader's Digest)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Anatomy of the Novel
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Literary Magazine Practicum
  • Memoir:  Theory and Practice
  • Seeing and Making Stories

Campus and Community Involvement

College Awards

  • Bruce G. Stewart Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Dick Dyer Award for Excellence in Club Advising