Photo by Anna Carson Dewitt

Photo by Anna Carson Dewitt


About Lacey (she/her)

Lacey N. Dunham is a writer, editor, teacher, and arts education professional. Her fiction and essay have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares (online), McSweeney's Internet Tendency, CHEAP POP, Midwestern Gothic, The Other Stories, The Collagist, and Full Stop, among others.

She is the editor of five anthologies of writing that have received recognition in the Washington Post, NPR, and the New York Times, and she is currently the fiction editor at Necessary Fiction and a reader for Story.

Formerly, she served stints at the journals A Public Space and Electric Literature, and has been a judge for the Minnesota Book Awards, a selection reader for The Marfield Prize/National Award for Arts Writing, and a panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, as well as appearing on numerous conference panels to discuss writing, the arts, and the intersections of education, literacy, writing, and social justice.

She received the Melanie Hook Rice Award for Creative Fiction from Hollins University and was a finalist for the Loft Writing Mentorship in 2012.

In addition to writing and editing, Lacey’s background includes nonprofit arts administration, the publisher and retail sides of the publishing industry, and more than seven years in K-12 classrooms at low-income public schools, where she has been both a lead classroom teacher and a teaching artist. She currently directs literary education programming for the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

A Michigan native who grew up on a farm, she is an avid birder, runner, and backcountry camper, and she enjoys summertime motorcycle rides. She is a first-generation college graduate and now lives in Washington, DC, where she keeps very busy and enjoys procrastinating by doing things like tweaking the “About” page of her website.

Lacey is always open to invitations to moderate an author reading or panel; participate in a panel discussion on writing, the literary arts, arts education, or arts administration careers; participate in readings (fiction, nonfiction); or lead creative writing workshops for youth or adults. Please be in touch.