Misty Urban holds an MFA in fiction and a Ph.D. in Old and Middle English literature from Cornell University. Her short stories have been widely published and have won prizes from Atlantic Monthly, New Letters, Indiana Review, and Writers @ Work. Her debut collection, A Lesson in Manners, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press.
Her dissertation, Monstrous Women in Middle English Romance, won the D. Simon Evans Prize for Medieval Studies and was published by Edwin Mellen Press. She is co-editor and contributor to the scholarly collection Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth, forthcoming from Brill. She has published several reference and scholarly works on medieval literature, world literature, world authors, and European history. She has also published creative nonfiction essays and won prizes for her poetry.
As a college professor, Misty has taught classes in composition, literary analysis, literary theory, British literature, medieval literature, Shakespeare, Renaissance lit, and creative writing in fiction and non-fiction. She currently teaches and runs the Writing Center at Muscatine Community College. She is president of her local writing group, Writers on the Avenue, and a member of the Midwest Writing Center. She has experience working with writing students of all ages and regularly visits middle and high school classes as well as offering workshops for adult writers.