Mepham named assistant director of Humanities Institute

Wake Forest Humanities Institute staff member Aimee Mepham, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Aimee Mepham has been promoted to assistant director of Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute.

Mepham, who first joined the Wake Forest staff in 2008, was previously the institute’s program coordinator.

As assistant director, Mepham’s new responsibilities will include overseeing the Humanities Institute’s Story, Health and Healing Initiative, which is one of several recipients of the Engaged Humanities grant that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Wake Forest in December 2015.

Since 2014, Mepham has been participating in basic and advanced narrative medicine training workshops at the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, and offering writing workshops in narrative medicine in Winston-Salem.

Previously, Mepham has taught creative writing workshops and undergraduate writing courses at Indiana University, Washington University in St. Louis, Wake Forest and Salem College, where she was visiting assistant professor of creative writing and interim director of the Center for Women Writers.

“She is a gifted writer who brings to her work at the Humanities Institute key skills and experience that have helped shape the institute’s current programs and are generating exciting new trajectories for future programming,” said the institute’s announcement.

Mepham earned her bachelor’s degree at Albion College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including River Styx, Opium Magazine, Pinball Magazine and Meridian. Her work has also been performed by Liars’ League NYC, a live literary journal featuring professionally trained actors reading original short stories by writers.

Having served in a number of roles at Wake Forest, Mepham was the first administrative coordinator for the Humanities Institute and the Institute for Public Engagement. Before that, she was administrative assistant for the psychology department.