Randon Billings Noble is an essayist.

Her full-length collection Be with Me Always is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press on March 1, 2019.  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; Emrys Journal (where she won their 2009 Nonfiction Award); Sweet: A Literary Confection; PANK; Brain, ChildThe Georgia ReviewShenandoah; 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 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.

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; she is currently the founding editor of After the Art and a freelance reviewer for The A.V. Club.

You can follow her on Twitter at @randonnoble and contact her at

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