Leslie C Maxwell

Leslie C Maxwell

Instructor of Thompson Writing Program

External Address: 
1 Brodie Gym Drive, Art Building, Durham, NC 27701
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-9100


My professional interest is in writing of many kinds, and my work shows the same breadth of interest, as I've written personal essays, flash nonfiction, flash fiction, short stories, and magazine journalism. As a professor and teacher, I'm interested in helping students find ways to enjoy writing. I believe in helping students gain confidence in making choices about writing. I'm also interested in helping students retain the skills they hone and practice in their writing and apply those skills in other classes and writing situations.

My own writing has appeared in many publications. Creative writing, including personal essays and short stories, have appeared in Fourth Genre, Rappahannock Review, Juked, and The Fourth River, among other publications. My professional and journalistic writing has appeared in Walter Magazine and The News & Observer, among other publications.

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., George Mason University 2012

Maxwell, LC. "Some May Be Infinite." Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction 19.2 (October 1, 2017). (Essay)

Maxwell, LC. "“part of a little counterculture”: An Interview with Musician Turned Writer Nic Brown(Published online)." North Carolina Literary Review (January 20, 2017): 44-53. (Interview)

Maxwell, LC. "How the Eye Sees." Cheat River Review 6 (April 15, 2016). (Fictional Work)

Maxwell, LC. "Reading Pam Houston on an Airplane to San Francisco." Juked (November 17, 2015). (Essay)

Maxwell, LC. "One of the Two(Published online)." Gravel Magazine (October 15, 2015). (Essay)

Maxwell, LC. "Tent Stitching(Published online)." Lockjaw Magazine 2.1 (August 20, 2015). (Fictional Work)

Maxwell, LC. "Beat Poem(Published online)." Blunderbuss Magazine (April 2, 2015). (Essay)

Maxwell, LC. "In Which I Attempt to Fold a Piece of Paper Twelve Times(Published online)." Decomp Magazine (October 1, 2014). (Essay)

Maxwell, LC. "We Were Young and Strong." The Fourth River 11 (April 1, 2014). (Fictional Work)

Maxwell, LC. "An Early History of Hang Gliding." Rappahannock Review 3.2. (Fictional Work)

"Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art." Ed. Maxwell, LC. 40.2 (October 1, 2011). (Journal Issue)

Maxwell, LC. "Home-Grown Lessons." Meredith Magazine Spring 2017 (February 1, 2017). (Interview)

Maxwell, LC. "It's Complicated." Meredith Magazine (November 1, 2016). (Essay)

Maxwell, LC. "May Thy Banner Ever Wave." Meredith Magazine Fall 2016 (November 1, 2016). (Essay,Interview)

Maxwell, LC. "Native vs. Newcomer: How Politicians Seek to Divide Us." News & Observer (September 22, 2016). (Editorial Comment)

Maxwell, LC. "Sweetly Southern." Walter Magazine (July 31, 2016). (Interview)

Maxwell, LC. "Meredith College Timeline." Meredith Magazine Spring 2016 (February 1, 2016). (Essay,Occasional Writing)

Maxwell, LC. "Preserving and Sharing Meredith's Story." Meredith Magazine Spring 2016 (February 1, 2016). (Essay,Occasional Writing)

Maxwell, LC. "Meredith at 125." Walter Magazine February 2016 (January 31, 2016). (Interview,Occasional Writing)

Maxwell, LC. "Sabbaticals Support Strong Teaching, Keep Faculty Going Strong." Meredith Magazine Fall 2015 (November 1, 2015). (Interview)

Maxwell, LC. "When We Silence Women." News & Observer (October 16, 2015). (Editorial Comment)