Tyler Mills '05
Major: English – creative writing concentration
Further Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago; MFA, University of Maryland
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, New Mexico Highlands University
Previous Positions: Assistant Director, Writing Center, University of Maryland
Tyler Mills wrote her first book of poetry, Tongue Lyre, while pursuing her MFA. Currently, she teaches creative writing, literature, and composition courses and advises student editors of the New Mexico Review.
"The Stadler Center at Bucknell is an invaluable resource — an important creative center on campus. Such fantastic writers came to read when I was there, and students like me were invited to ask the first questions after a reading, or to introduce writers before they read to a full crowd of faculty, students, and community members. I worked with wonderful visiting writers and fantastic creative writing faculty associated with the Stadler Center, and I have no doubt that all of this shaped me as a writer.
The continued mentorship is also something that I'm profoundly thankful for. Now that I'm a professor, I try in every way to recreate these experiences for my students. When I was at Bucknell, I had the opportunity to intern at West Branch. That experience was invaluable. It prepared me to start my own journal of contemporary poetry, prose, criticism, and art (The Account) and mentor graduate and upper-level students at my university who are working on a professional journal themselves (New Mexico Review). I model our editorial meetings off of the meetings I was part of as a West Branch intern. Without my experiences at Bucknell, I wouldn't be the writer and teacher I am today."
Posted September 2016