Creative Writing

KaToya Ellis Fleming

assistant professor of publishing arts
editor, Lookout Books

Kenan Hall 1225 | 910.962.7593 |



MFA, University of Georgia
BA, Spelman College

2019-2020 Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow



  • Interview with Jacinta White. The Rumpus, November 2020
  • You Never Can Tell About a River.” Oxford American, Spring 2020
  • “Track 7. ‘More Control’, The Heist & the Accomplice (2008).” Oxford American, Winter 2019
  • “Track 99. ‘Open Up’, Those Lavender Whales (2007).” Oxford American, Winter 2019
  • "Thank You, Alice Walker." Lakelife, May/June 2019

Awards & Fellowships

  • Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writing Fellowship, 2019-2020
  • Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Fellow, 2018
  • DemocraticGAIN Raise Your Voice Scholarship, 2012
  • Spelman College Pauline E. Drake Scholarship, 2012
  • CSRA Classic Scholarship for Excellence in Communications, 1995
  • Revlon United Negro College Fund Scholarship, 1995


  • CRW 321: Intro to Book Publishing
  • CRW 324: Editorial Process
  • CRW 425: The Debut Book

On Teaching

The brilliant mentors I’ve had encouraged me to claim my space and embrace my voice as a writer, but their support also created in me a desire to teach and to become an agent of empowerment to help students find their own voices and realize the brightness of their futures. I look forward to guiding both undergraduate and graduate students in the publishing arts program, as well as a diverse roster of Lookout Books authors, toward the telling of their own unique and beautiful stories.