I teach English Literature as a Visiting Professor of English at the University of Mississippi (Oxford, Tupelo, and DeSoto campuses). My Ph.D. is in early British literature, with a special emphasis on drama and the history of the book. My other research interests include the staging of women’s bodies; medieval and early modern books of magic; fairy tales and folklore; and academia’s growing interest in and acceptance of genre fiction, specifically contemporary science-fiction, fantasy, and magical realism.
Grounded in the belief that genre fiction can be as rigorous, thoughtful, and lovely as the genre called “literary fiction,” I also write fantasy, magical realism, science fiction, and horror. My work has appeared in NonBinary Review; Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction; and Illumen. My non-fiction essays and book reviews have appeared at FantasyLiterature.com, where I also curate a column, “The Expanded Universe.”
Florida State University, PhD English, May 2014
Andrews University, MA English, August 2007
Union College, BA English, August 2004
E-mail: katelechler [at] gmail [dot] com