Leslie C Maxwell

Leslie C Maxwell

Lecturing Fellow 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, L. C. “Some May Be Infinite.” Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, vol. 19, no. 2, Michigan State University Press, Oct. 2017.

Maxwell, L. C. ““part of a little counterculture”: An Interview with Musician Turned Writer Nic Brown.” North Carolina Literary Review, East Carolina University, Jan. 2017, pp. 44–53.

Maxwell, L. C. “How the Eye Sees.” Cheat River Review, no. 6, University of West Virginia, Apr. 2016.

Maxwell, L. C. “Reading Pam Houston on an Airplane to San Francisco.” Juked, Juked, Nov. 2015.

Maxwell, L. C. “One of the Two.” Gravel Magazine, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Oct. 2015.

Maxwell, L. C. “Tent Stitching.” Lockjaw Magazine, vol. 2, no. 1, Lockjaw Magazine, Aug. 2015.

Maxwell, L. C. “Beat Poem.” Blunderbuss Magazine, Blunderbuss Magazine, Apr. 2015.

Maxwell, L. C. “In Which I Attempt to Fold a Piece of Paper Twelve Times.” Decomp Magazine, Decomp Magazine, Oct. 2014.

Maxwell, L. C. “We Were Young and Strong.” The Fourth River, no. 11, Chatham University, Apr. 2014.

Maxwell, L. C. “An Early History of Hang Gliding.” Rappahannock Review, vol. 3, no. 2, University of Mary Washington.

Maxwell, L. C., editor. Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art. Vol. 40, no. 2, George Mason University, 1 Oct. 2011.

Maxwell, L. C. “Home-Grown Lessons.” Meredith Magazine, no. Spring 2017, Meredith College, 1 Feb. 2017.

Maxwell, L. C. “It's Complicated.” Meredith Magazine, Meredith College, 1 Nov. 2016.

Maxwell, L. C. “May Thy Banner Ever Wave.” Meredith Magazine, no. Fall 2016, Meredith College, 1 Nov. 2016.

Maxwell, L. C. “Native vs. Newcomer: How Politicians Seek to Divide Us.” News & Observer, McClatchy, 22 Sept. 2016.

Maxwell, L. C. “Sweetly Southern.” Walter Magazine, The News & Observer, 31 July 2016.

Maxwell, L. C. “Preserving and Sharing Meredith's Story.” Meredith Magazine, no. Spring 2016, Meredith College, 1 Feb. 2016.

Maxwell, L. C. “Meredith College Timeline.” Meredith Magazine, no. Spring 2016, Meredith Magazine, 1 Feb. 2016.

Maxwell, L. C. “Meredith at 125.” Walter Magazine, no. February 2016, News & Observer, 31 Jan. 2016.

Maxwell, L. C. “Sabbaticals Support Strong Teaching, Keep Faculty Going Strong.” Meredith Magazine, no. Fall 2015, Meredith College, 1 Nov. 2015.

Maxwell, L. C. “When We Silence Women.” News & Observer, McClatchy, 16 Oct. 2015.