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. A second collection, The Necessaries, from Paradisiac Publishing, was a finalist for the 2019 Indie Star Book Award.
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, published by Brill. Her creative nonfiction on the topic of motherhood has appeared in Literary Mama, 3Elements Review, and in the collection My Caesarean: 21 Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After (The Experiment, 2019) as well as other places.
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 composition at Muscatine Community College, where she was responsible for reinstating the Writing Center, now part of the Student Success Center. She is president of the writing group Writers on the Avenue and a member of board of directors for 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.