Randon Billings Noble is an essayist.

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Her full-length collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2019.  You can order it here.


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; PANK; Brain, Child; Sweet: A Literary Confection; The Georgia ReviewShenandoah; The Rumpus; Brevity; Fourth Genre; The Los Angeles Review of Books; Creative Nonfiction, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies 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 three 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), the Washington National Cathedral, East Carolina University, and again at American for the 2019-2020 academic year.  She has presented at conferences like AWP, NonfictioNOW, and HippoCamp (the creative nonfiction conference run by Hippocampus Magazine), and given craft talks at a variety of colleges and universities.  She has also served as Reviews Editor at PANK (until 2010) and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

Currently she is the founding editor of the online literary magazine After the Art. She is also editing A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in 2021.  Her next book, a lyric meditation on shadows, is forthcoming from Nebraska in 2023.

You can follow her on Twitter at @randonnoble and contact her at randonbillingsnoble@gmail.com.