Barbara Presnell

Barbara Presnell
Senior Lecturer | First-Year Writing
Cameron 140


Current Project
Current work in progress is documentary poetry that follows the journals, maps, letters, census reports, and other records and personal effects of one family throughout the last 150 years, focusing on the family’s relationship with and involvement in our nation’s wars. 


  • M.A. University of Kentucky, 1987
  • M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1979
  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1976

Areas of Interest

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

Selected Publications and Presentations

Piece Work (poems). Cleveland: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2007.

Sherry’s Prayer (poems). NC Crossroads Series. Greensboro: NC Humanities Council, 2004.

Los Hijos (poems). Fayetteville: Longleaf Press, 2002.

Unravelings (poems). Fayetteville: Longleaf Press, 1998.

Snake Dreams (poems). Troy, ME: Nightshade Press, 1994.


Women's Realities, Women's Choices: An Introduction to Women's Studies.  Hunter 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).


Selected Grants

  • North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Writing, 2007, 2002

Courses Taught

  • UWRT 1101 Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts I
  • UWRT 1102 Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts II
  • UWRT 1103 Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts I & II
  • English 2126 Intro to Creative Writing
  • Liberal Studies 2212 Literature and Culture: Writers on the Edge

Professional Appointments

  • UNC Charlotte since 2000


  • 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
First-Year Writing