(born July 16, 1955) is an educator and award-winning poet whose poems have frequently appeared in anthologies. She currently teaches creative writing at Princeton University.
Her published works include:
Bag o' Diamonds
- Bag o' Diamonds (poetry), University of Georgia Press, 1993
- Smokes (poetry), Four Way Books, 1998;
- Source Codes, (poetry) Salt, 2001;
- Ledger (poetry), Iowa, 2005;
- Record Palace (novel), Graywolf, 2005.
has received two literary awards: Norma Farber First Book Award from Poetry Society of America, 1994; and Pushcart Prize, 1994, 2000.
Wheeler has also received the following awards: Grolier award for poetry, 1987; Prize for Poetry, Roberts Foundation, 1988; Vermont Council of the Arts grantee, 1878-79; Fund for Poetry grantee, 1990; New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, 1993-95, 1997-99; and Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 1999.
Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry series in these editions: 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997, 2003, 2005. Wheeler has also been thanked in the acknowledgements sections of the 2001, 2003, and 2004 editions of the series.
Wheeler was the first example of an Elliptical Poet described by Stephen Burt in his creation of the term in 1998. and expanded upon in an eponymous essay in American Letters & Commentary. Her work is also referred to in Jed Rasula's Syncopations: The Stress of Innovation in Contemporary American Poetry