Lena Ziegler – Albright College

Lena Ziegler

Lena Ziegler

Lecturer of English

PhD Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Bowling Green State University 2021
MFA Creative Writing, Western Kentucky University 2017
BA English and Professional Writing, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 2009


Lena Ziegler is an interdisciplinary scholar, educator, and writer. Her dissertation, A Revisionist History of Loving Men: An Autoethnography and Community Research of Naming Sexual Abuse in Relationships, explores the complexities of American rape culture through the lens of advocacy, poetic inquiry, and the role language plays in individual and cultural response to sexual violence. She is an avid writer with a particular interest in blurring the lines between creative and critical work. As an educator she is invested in a trauma-informed pedagogical model which centers student experience, while decentralizing authority in the classroom.

She is thrilled to join the Albright College English Department in welcoming first-year students to both college and the writing classroom.

Areas of Expertise

  • Writing Instruction
  • Feminist Rhetorics
  • Sexual and Gendered Violence
  • Rhetorics of Consent
  • Critical and Feminist Pedagogies
  • Creative Writing
  • Fiction and Creative Nonfiction


Creative Publications
“The Taste and Shape of Survival,” Autofocus Lit, July 2021
“We All Want to Believe Someone Somewhere Would Die For Us,” Indiana Review/Split Lip Magazine Summer 2019

MASH, The A3 Press, 2019 (Chapbook)
“Girl Child,” Gambling the Aisle, 2019
“When the Sun is High and the Snow Half-Melted,” Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review, 2018

“4 Stars in Piqua, Ohio” and “4 Stars in Mansfield, Ohio,” Duende, 2020
“Earthlings: A Love Story,” Requited Journal, 2019
“October Comes New Skin Itch,” and “In Ohio There is a Window Always Open,” Dream Noir, 2019
“There are Boys Like Branches Burning,” The Tulane Review, Fall 2018 (print)
“Possibly Monsters or Madness,” The Flexible Persona, November 2018
“Tonight, an Unstitched Wound,” Literary Orphans, October 2018
“Daughter, These Dangers are a Brightness Inside,” Yes, Poetry, June 2018

“A Revisionist History of Loving Men: Exploring Consent and Sexual Violence in Heterosexual Relationships,” MeToo, Feminist Theory, and Surviving Sexual Assault in the Academy, ed. By Laura Gray-Rosendale, Lexington Books (2020).

Conference Presentations:
“Woman Must Write Herself”: Exploring the Value of Visceral and Confessional Writing in Publication,” with Erin Slaughter C.D. Wright Women Writer’s Conference, Conway, AR, November 2019

“Bruises Not Quite Healed: Teaching Creative Writing Students to Respect the Limits of their Hearts and Voices,”
College English Association of Ohio, Findlay, OH, April 2019

“Leave No Woman Behind: Contradictions and Complications in the Rhetorics of Womanhood,” with Brandie Boehney, Bailey Poland, Renee Drouin, and Tammie Southall, CCCC, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2019

“’Please be Real and Ready to Meet,’ An Exploration of Pleasure, Anonymity, and Sexual Longing in Craigslist Personal Ads,” Rice University Pleasure Conference, Houston, TX, February 2019

“I said it, I was wrong, I apologize: The Predicament of Public Apology in the #MeToo Movement,” Cultural Rhetorics Conference, East Lansing, MI, November 2018

“Consent as After Birth: An Examination of Sexual Trauma and Consent in the Writing Classroom,” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA April 2018

Learn more about Lena Ziegler at http://www.lenaziegler.com