Randon Billings Noble is an essayist.
Her lyric essay chapbook Devotional was published by Red Bird in 2017, and her essay “The Heart as a Torn Muscle” was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016.
Individual essays have been published in the Modern Love column of The New York Times; The Massachusetts Review; Passages North; Sweet: A Literary Confection; PANK; Brain, Child; The Georgia Review; Shenandoah; The Rumpus; Brevity; Fourth Genre; The Los Angeles Review of Books; Creative Nonfiction and elsewhere. A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (fully funded by the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation) and a resident at Wildacres, Hambidge, and the Vermont Studio Center, she was named a 2013 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts. For the past two years her work has been supported by grants from The District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
After graduating with high honors from the University of Michigan (where she won a Hopwood Award in 1994), she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from New York University in 2001. She was a full-time writing instructor at American University from 2001 to 2009, and has since taught at The Writer’s Center (in Bethesda, Maryland), Politics and Prose (in Washington, DC), and the Washington National Cathedral. She has presented at conferences like AWP, NonfictioNOW, and HippoCamp (the creative nonfiction conference run by Hippocampus Magazine). She has also served as Reviews Editor at PANK (until 2010) and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Currently she is the founding editor of After the Art and an occasional freelance reviewer for The A.V. Club.
You can follow her on Twitter at @randonnoble and contact her at email@example.com.