Dr. Michelle S. Lee, 2014
- Associate Professor of Composition and Creative Writing
- DSC employee since 2009
Degrees and schools where awarded: BA English - University of Maryland; MA Creative Writing - University of Texas at Austin; PhD English Literature - University of Texas at Austin.
Career/Professional honors: Daytona State College - Dr. John Guthrie, Jr. Award for Research and Professional Development; National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award; University of Texas - Keene Award for Literature (fiction); 2014-2015 Pushcart Prize nominee (poetry); 2014 Curt Johnson Prose Award in Fiction (December magazine); 2012 Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, nominee, Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry; 2014-2015 Baltic and Scotland Writing Residency in Brora, Scotland, finalist.
Outside interests: Fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Making a mean carrot cake. Coloring with my daughter. Zumba. Walking on the beach with my husband, Charles.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? Feels like a long time ago now, but I was a graduate student (Hook 'em Horns!) at the University of Texas, where I got the opportunity to write and produce plays, study at Oxford over the summer and eat good BBQ. Before that, I directed PR efforts for a few non-profit organizations.
What professional projects are you working on right now? A collection of novellas; a series of short video-poems with my colleagues Eric Breitenbach and Scott Velazco; a creative collaboration with a colleague at Vanderbilt University for their Curb Scholars program; an article about the Victorian poet/dramatist Michael Field. Also, leading the QuESST Academy & CIWR.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Meeting such warm and generous colleagues.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Publishing a collection of short stories, in print.
In life? Balance.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? "Ya git what ya git, and ya don't throw a fit" - sage words from my 4-year old daughter.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I worked as an undergraduate fellow at the World Bank when I attended the University of Maryland.
Last book read:Karate Chop, a book of short stories by Dorthe Nors.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? "Passionate woman of action. Do not shake. Must be combined with food."
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Instead of naming four specific people, I want to share my admiration for strong, capable, creative women who reach for the stars and grab them, women who appreciate both themselves and the people who love them.
The Daytona State of Mind to me means always collaborating to develop new, exciting ideas and challenging others to do the same.