Lena Ziegler holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies at Bowling Green State University where she researches gender, sexuality, and the rhetoric of consent and sexual violence. With a particular interest in blending critical and creative scholarship, she strives to produce work that is deeply evocative and personal using her own experiences of sexual violence as a site of critical engagement. As the recipient of a competitive fourth-year research fellowship, Lena's dissertation blends auto-ethnography and community-based qualitative research to amplify women's narratives of sexual violence in heterosexual romantic partnerships in order to deconstruct the nuanced complexities of "naming" as feminist rhetorical action. In May 2021 she was honored to have her dissertation nominated for the Bowling Green State University Distinguished Dissertation Award, as well as the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition President-'s Dissertation Award
Originally from Northeast Pennsylvania, Lena holds an MFA from Western Kentucky University. Her thesis Otherwise Sinking is a collection of fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid work that explores female power and sexuality. Lena is an editor and co-founder of the literary and arts journal The Hunger founded in 2017 and The Hunger Press founded in 2020. She is the author of the short fiction chapbook MASH (The A3 Press 2019) and her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has been published Indiana Review, Split Lip Magazine, Duende, Dream Pop Press, Literary Orphans, Anti-Heroin Chic and others. Her novel Him & Her was a finalist in the 2018 Autumn House Press Fiction Contest and her creative/critical hybrid essay "Consent After Birth" was a finalist in the 2017 GoldLine Press Nonfiction contest.
As an alumnae of Americorps Vista, Lena is deeply committed to community engagement, service learning, and activism. She has spearheaded community writing initiatives throughout Northwest Ohio including the first BGSU Community Writing Project. Lena is an advocate of feminist critical pedagogy, with a primary goal of empowering her students as writers and critical thinkers.
Lena lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, Alex, dog, Woody, and cat, Tippy. In her free time she enjoys being in nature, listening to audio books, traveling, cooking delicious vegetarian food, and getting the most excited about everything. She loves fashion, Bob Dylan, Frasier, early morning CNN, being cozy, and is an avid fan of Dawson's Creek (along with all things teen angst). Her favorite authors include bell hooks, Brené Brown, Lidia Yuknavitch, Celeste Ng, Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehesi Coates, and Octavia Butler. She believes in magic, the transformative power of language, and resilience of the human heart.